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Elsevier updates comprehensive text on sustainable farming systems
- 28 Apr 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics company specialising in science and health, has announced the publication of Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development, Second Edition, edited by Sieglinde Snapp and Barry Pound. It presents an overview of the emerging area of agroecology applications transforming farming systems and supporting rural innovation, with particular emphasis on how research can be harnessed for sustainable agriculture. Elsevier also announced the publication of nine additional agriculture and agronomy books.

Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development, Second Edition offers a unique understanding of the technical, biological, ecological, economic and sociological aspects of farming systems science for rural livelihoods. It explores topics such as: re-inventing farming systems; principles and practice of agroecology; agricultural change and low-input technology; ecologically-based nutrient management; participatory breeding for developing improved and relevant crops; participatory livestock research for development; gender and agrarian inequality at the local scale; the nature of agricultural innovation; and outreach to support rural innovation.

The ten new agriculture and agronomy titles are: Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development, Second Edition, edited by Sieglinde Snapp and Barry Pound; Olive Mill Waste: Recent Advances for Sustainable Management, edited by Charis M. Galanakis; The Coconut: Phylogeny, Origins, and Spread by N. M. Nayar; Planning and Evaluation of Irrigation Projects: Methods and Implementation by Raveendra Rai, Vijay Singh and Alka Upadhyay; Multifunctional Agriculture: Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa by Roger R. B. Leakey; Quantifying and Managing Soil Functions in Earth's Critical Zone: Combining Experimentation and Mathematical Modelling, edited by Donald L. Sparks and Steven A. Banwart; New Pesticides and Soil Sensors, edited by Alexandru Grumezescu; A Guide to the Manufacture, Performance, and Potential of Plastics in Agriculture, edited by Michael Orzolek; Smart Technologies for Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture: Upscaling in Developing Countries, edited by David Chikoye, Therese Gondwe and Nhamo Nhamo; Advances in Agronomy, Volume 143, edited by Donald L. Sparks.

In order to meet content needs in agriculture and agronomy, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books will seek to educate the next generation of agriculturists and agronomists, and provide critical foundational content for information professionals.

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RSB and the Biochemical Society announce inaugural issue of new journal deal with biology's hot topics
- 27 Apr 2017

The inaugural issue of Emerging Topics in Life Science, a new journal jointly owned by the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society, has been published.

Each issue of the journal will feature reviews on a new or growing topic and will be guest edited by an expert in the field.

The first issue, entitled 'Antibiotics of the Future' and edited by Dr Daniel Walker of the University of Glasgow, features articles on inhibiting quorum sensing, treating bacterial biofilms and a review of novel therapeutics, all of which are available online now.

Subsequent issues in 2017 and 2018 will focus on topics including mechanobiology, genome editing, organoids, computational biology, climate change bioscience and the microbiome.

In an introductory editorial, Editor-in-chief Professor Colin Kleanthous, from the University of Oxford, writes that the journal will support the needs of researchers and students, as well as those moving into new fields, who need easy-to-digest reviews of rapidly moving areas.

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Elsevier unveils new book series on chemical process safety
- 26 Apr 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics company specialising in science and health, has announced the publication of Methods in Chemical Process Safety, Volume 1, the first book in Elsevier's new series focused on process safety, risk assessment and management and loss prevention. An informative tool and user manual for both engineering researchers and practitioners, this initial volume includes chapters on Elements of Process Safety Management; Human Factors in the Chemical Process Industries; Introduction to Dynamic Risk Analyses; and Regulation of Chemical Process Safety-Current Approaches and their Effectiveness. Elsevier also announced the publication of four additional chemical and process engineering books.

Edited by Faisal Khan, the new series presents the most recent chemical process safety advancements from a practical point-of-view, offering readers the views and opinions of experts in each topic. Elsevier will publish one themed volume of the series annually, each with fully commissioned reviews.

The five new chemical and process engineering titles are: Methods in Chemical Process Safety, Volume 1, edited by Faisal Khan; Low Grade Heat Driven Multi-Effect Distillation and Desalination by Bijan Rahimi and Hui Tong Chua; Reliability, Maintainability and Risk: Practical Methods for Engineers, Ninth Edition by Dr. David J. Smith; Novel Catalytic and Separation Processes Based on Ionic Liquids by Dickson Ozokwelu, Suojiang Zhang, Obiefuna Okafor, Weiguo Cheng and Nicholas Litombe; and Reaction Rate Theory and Rare Events by Baron Peters.

In order to meet content needs in chemical and process engineering, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books will seek to educate the next generation of researchers and engineers, and provide critical foundational content for information professionals.

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NISO releases draft STS: Standards Tag Suite for public comment
- 25 Apr 2017

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the release of a draft version of NISO Z39.102-201x, STS: Standards Tag Suite, for public comment. STS provides a common XML format that standards developers, publishers, and distributors can use to publish and exchange full-text content and metadata of standards. It is expected that this 'standard for standards' will be published in the fall as an XML document marked up in the STS standard after comments on the draft version are addressed and it is approved by NISO Voting Members and by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute.

Adoption of STS will offer significant benefits at every step of standards development and use. Different groups will be able to co-publish standards much more easily, and the advantages continue through to distribution.

The NISO STS proposed standard is open for public comment from April 24, 2017 to May 24, 2017. The proposed standard, in PDF form, is available from NISO at http://www.niso.org/workrooms/sts/. All input is welcome. To comment, please go to http://www.niso.org/workrooms/sts/ and follow the described steps.

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Elsevier launches new journal - Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry
- 25 Apr 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics company specialising in science and health, has announced the launch of Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry, a new journal dedicated to advancing basic, clinical and therapeutic knowledge of personalised medicine in psychiatry.

The application of personalised medicine in psychiatry is a new paradigm that strives to permit identification of at risk populations and match individual patients with their most optimal treatment. Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry therefore seeks to increase the efficacy of therapeutic interventions and decrease adverse effects by considering the individual characteristics of each patient including genetics and epigenetics, physiological, endocrinological, psychological, brain imaging and other medical conditions.

The journal is led by two widely acknowledged leaders in the field: Dr. Charles Nemeroff, Chair of Psychiatry, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA, and Dr. Giampaolo Perna, Chair of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Villa San Benedetto - Hermanas Hospitalarias, Como Lake, Italy. An eminent, international editorial board strengthens the journal's global perspective.

The journal encompasses studies of endophenotypes and biological markers, pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic approaches, and educational and rehabilitation concerns as well as environmental and behavioural, psychological, and social research with the aim of moving toward the search for individualised treatments tailored for each patient. Its goal is to identify predictors of response in individual patients as well as to identify factors contributing to the vulnerability to psychiatric disorders and the accuracy of diagnosis. The journal also examines which individual should receive what specific type of treatment based on personalised measures and identifies those at risk in order to reduce long-term mental health costs and morbidity rates.

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