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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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EBSCO Information Services releases Serial Price Projection for 2017
- 12 Sep 2016

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has released the 2017 Serials Price Projection Report, according to which, the overall effective publisher price increases for academic/medical libraries are expected to be in the range of 5 to 6 percent (before currency impact). EBSCO bases the information in the Serials Price Projection Report 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 renewals season.

The U.S. economy is expanding slowly, and budgets in the U.S academic library market show modest improvement. However, the strength of the U.S. dollar has added additional pressure for libraries outside of the U.S. that purchase publications priced by publishers in U.S. dollars.

The lagging budget growth combined with price inflations are making it necessary for librarians to find creative ways to find the most value. Usage analysis and other tools are allowing librarians to evaluate content quality and scrutinise 'Big Deal' purchases against usage of individual titles within packages. The consolidation within the publishing industry will make this evaluation even more important as most large publishers continue to focus on selling some form of bundled e-package content and moderate size publishers continue to receive content cancellations and pressure on their revenue forcing them to consider a merger.

The fallout from the bankruptcy of Swets Information Services may not be directly impacting libraries any longer but the lessons from that experience remain. Libraries and publishers need to research the financial strength of a company and assess the long-term viability of vendors before entering into agreements with them. This should include a review of key financial data such as overall equity and debt for not only that company, but the overall parent company as well.

Currency exchange rates will have a negative impact on the purchasing power of customers located in countries whose currency has weakened in comparison to the U.S. Dollar. The British pound has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years against the dollar and the euro. The euro is much stronger against the British pound and remains stable against the U.S. dollar. U.K. libraries can expect price increases significantly above the projected 5 to 6 percent for content where publishers do not set prices in local currency. Libraries whose invoicing currency is in euros can expect to see lower prices on publications priced in British pounds for their region of the world.

Although they 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 2017 Serials Price Projection Report in its entirety and the Five-Year Journal Price Increase History is available at https://journals.ebsco.com/products-services/explore-content.

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Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers announce 2017 journal program and price list
- 05 Aug 2016

Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers has announced their 2017 prices for journals, collections and packages. Next year's journal program comprises 105 biomedical titles, including 20 open-access journals. 2017 will see the launches of four new titles, of which two will be open access and two subscription based. Apart from a few bilingual or German language titles, all Karger journals are published in English.

The Karger Price List 2017 for journals is available for download at www.karger.com/pricelists and provides basic journal profiles as well as pricing information in USD, EUR and CHF for journal print and online subscriptions as well as combined print/online subscriptions, online upgrade fees and applicable postal rates for 2017; Karger eJournal Backfiles (1998-2014); Karger eJournal Archives (issues before 1998); Karger Open Access Journals 2017; and Karger Collections and Packages for 2017.

Also available is the Karger Journals and Book Series Catalogue 2017. Each journal is extensively featured and aims and scope, cover, editorship as well as society affiliations are included. Full bibliographic details are stated in order to answer customers' need for specific and comprehensive information. The pages dedicated to book series show bibliographic data for the four latest volumes together with the series' aims and scope and editorship. The format includes short URLs for all products. The Catalogue can be accessed at www.karger.com/JBSC.

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