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EBSCO Information Services releases Serials Price Projection Report for 2018
- 28 Sep 2017

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has released the 2018 Serials Price Projection Report. The report projects that the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and academic/medical libraries are expected to be in the range of five to six percent (before currency impact). EBSCO released the Serials Price Projections based on surveys of a wide range of publishers and reviews of historical serials pricing data to assist information professionals as they make budgeting decisions for the renewals season.

The Serials Price Projection Report looks at market dynamics highlighting many issues that have driven the scholarly information marketplace for several years including: library budgets, Open Access, government mandates, shifts in political climates, new assessment and evaluation tools and alternative distribution networks. The emergence of organised piracy, which may grow as a disruptive force in the marketplace, is also a topic in the report.

The healthy US economy is a stabilising force and academic library budgets in the US are showing some improvements, but libraries in many countries outside of the US are still seeing notable decreases in budgets. Even without budget decreases, libraries are experiencing serial costs outpacing budget growth. The US dollar has weakened relative to some currencies and this will impact libraries paying in euro and pounds sterling as the strength of local currencies may eliminate some pricing increases for titles priced in US dollars. The report recommends that customers add an additional two to four percent to the estimated price increases when budgeting. This provides added protection from the possible weakening of their currency between now and when subscription payments are made.

Although the serial price forecasts are based upon careful analysis, EBSCO recommends caution when using these projections, as they rely on historical trends and current estimates. EBSCO will update the projection information if economic conditions warrant it.

The 2018 Serials Price Projection Report in its entirety and the Five-Year Journal Price Increase History is available at http://journals.ebsco.com/products-services/explore-content.

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Techstreet partners with Standards Developing Organizations and private label stores to expand licensed content
- 09 May 2017

Techstreet, a web solution for enterprise standards management, is living up to its accolade by providing users a total of 13 new partnerships with Standard Developing Organizations (SDOs) and private label stores.

Techstreet's expanded licensed content assists in placing them as a key player among other products in the standards aggregator marketplace, illustrating its own growth and trajectory.

As a single solution suite of integrated tools from Clarivate Analytics, and part of the Patents&Standards business, Techstreet hosts a vast collection of industry codes and standards for use by organizations in an innovative and speedy web-based platform, allowing these organisations the opportunity to evolve based on their own needs.

Techstreet's newest SDO partners include the American Concrete Association, Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Metal Building Manufacturers Association, National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers, Norwegian Petroleum Industry Standards (Norsok), National Research Council Canada and Steel Joist Institute.

The company's newest private label stores include the Air Movement and Control Association, Glass Association of North America, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Metal Building Manufacturers Association, Metal Powder Industries Federation and Manufacturers Standardization Society.

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EBSCO Health, Dartmouth and Option Grid Collaborative founders announce licensing agreement to improve patient engagement and evidence-based shared decision making
- 20 Apr 2017

EBSCO Health, a division of EBSCO Information Services and the creator of DynaMed Plus®, has entered into a licensing arrangement with Dartmouth College and the founders of the Option Grid Collaborative to advance evidence-based shared decision making. With this new collaboration, EBSCO Health will combine methodologies utilised at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) at the Geisel School of Medicine with EBSCO Health's expertise in evidence-based medicine to develop a multitude of new patient decision aids to be distributed under the Option Grid trademark.

Shared decision making is becoming an essential part of the patient-doctor relationship and an emerging focus in health care. The National Learning Consortium of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says shared decision making is important in situations where 'there is no single 'right' health care decision.' The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of HHS sees shared decision making as a way to provide consistent, evidence-based information to patients and 'increase knowledge, improve risk estimates, increase patient's involvement in decisions, and help clarify treatment preferences.'

Patient decision aids are tools to help achieve shared decision making by enabling patients to understand and compare their healthcare options in the context of their personal preferences and values, and arrive at informed decisions. State and national efforts to require and encourage shared decision making are underway, including legislative changes in Washington State that afford enhanced legal protection to physicians who use evidence-based decision aids, requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the use of evidence-based decision aids to be eligible for payment for certain procedures, and the availability of funding opportunities from CMS to test shared decision making models.

Option Grid decision aids are brief, easy-to-read decision aids that can be used in the clinical encounter, allowing patients and their doctors to compare healthcare options based on high-quality, evidence-based answers to patients' commonly asked questions. Research shows Option Grid decision aids increase patient knowledge and shared decision making without increasing the length of a clinical visit.

Since 2012, TDI has operated the Option Grid Collaborative - a network of researchers, practitioners and other individuals who have developed and disseminated Option Grid decision aids. The Option Grid Collaborative was founded by Dr. Glyn Elwyn and Dr. Marie-Anne Durand, CPsychol, professors at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, who are key opinion leaders in the field of shared decision making, having published international research and served on national advisory committees in United States and the United Kingdom.

An April 4, 2017 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association titled 'Prime Time for Shared Decision Making' calls for 'the implementation of high-quality and achievable shared decision making,' including trustworthy decision aids that can be easily integrated into clinical practice with minimal burden. EBSCO Health believes that the new generation of EBSCO Health Option Grid decision aids will provide a considerable step forward to achieving that vision, allowing shared decision making to become a reality in the routine practice of healthcare.

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EDP Sciences and Tsinghua University Press sign licensing deal in China
- 13 Mar 2017

Publisher EDP Sciences recently signed an important licensing deal with Tsinghua University Press (TUP) which is part of the prestigious Tsinghua University based in Beijing, China.

The deal will see two of TUP's chemistry publications translated into French for dissemination into the important community of researchers who live and work in French speaking countries. The titles are: Beautiful Chemistry which was first launched as a digital program and is a winner of Vizzies Visualisation Challenge awarded by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science magazine in the USA, the other is Beautiful Structures and Beautiful Reactions.

EDP Sciences publishes over 55 scientific journals in the physical sciences, mathematics, life and environmental sciences, energy, materials and engineering, health and biomedical sciences. It also publishes 20 professional magazines, conference proceedings and books.

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CDL Model License revised
- 26 Jan 2017

The California Digital Library (CDL) has announced the major upgrade of its Standard License Agreement ("Model License"). The new version reflects current best practices in licensing and incorporates feedback from UC librarians, licensing staff, attorneys, peers, and CDL colleagues.

The revision process started in March 2016 with a long-planned review of the existing CDL Model License, which had been incrementally revised since 2009, in light of more recent models such as the LibLicense Model License Agreement ("LMLA", revised in November 2014) supported by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) Model License (revised in July 2016) was also reviewed.

Helpful terms from these existing model licenses, and solicited additional suggestions from colleagues based on their expertise, such as authentication, usage statistics, acquisition, cataloging, business negotiation, and library user services were also reviewed.

The new Model License includes many updated sections to support UC researchers and authors' needs. For example, the Text and Data Mining (TDM) section clarifies that authorised users may not only engage in text and/or data mining activities for academic research purposes but also share the results with others so long as the purpose is not to create a product for use by third parties that would substitute for the licensed materials.

The Author Rights section has also been enhanced, indicating that UC authors retain the right to use their own work for scholarly purposes, including self-archiving or depositing it in open repositories or archives, and to comply with all grant or institutional requirements. CDL's Access&Publishing department provided guidance on this section.

The Open Access (OA) section asks Licensors to report the number of works (such as articles) published under the OA option and the number and list of such works by title by UC authors, and states that Licensors are expected to proportionally reduce the subscription price if the ratio of the number of OA articles to the number of licensed articles increases in comparison to the previous year.

Accessibility requirements are now listed under the Warranties section, strengthening the Libraries' commitment to ensuring that licensed resource vendors adequately support the needs of patrons with disabilities. Additionally, the new Model License includes a Business Terms appendix that contains a checklist of key terms.

Attorneys from the UCOP Office of General Counsel provided new terms on indemnities, dispute resolution, and accessibility requirements, to protect UC's interests. For example, the new Model License suggests a legal action in court if necessary instead of arbitration.

Many UC colleagues, particularly licensing staff at UC Davis, UC San Diego, and UCLA, provided detailed comments on various drafts, as did numerous internal CDL colleagues. Within CDL, two colleagues provided invaluable assistance throughout the project: Ivy Anderson, Associate Executive Director at CDL, provided guidance throughout the revision process based on her years of experience in licensing and her prior participation in the LibLicense Model License revision; Nancy Scott-Noennig, licensing specialist at CDL, incorporated terms from various existing model licenses, and reviewed the final version carefully.

The new Model License is available on the CDL Website. There are two versions: a UC staff version (password protected) and a public version.

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