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IOS Press relaunches online open access forum - StemBook
- 18 Dec 2018

STM publisher IOS Press has announced the relaunch and revitalisation of StemBook, an online open access forum and discussion platform for the stem cell research community. It features a collection of content covering a range of topics related to stem cell biology written by top researchers in the field. The stembook.org site is being refreshed with new content that will be expanded and updated regularly.

IOS Press acquired StemBook in 2017. The project was originally conceived and launched in 2008 by a distinguished Editorial Board under the guidance of founding editor Dr. Douglas A. Melton, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and other key innovators from the stem cell research community. It was developed in collaboration with several enterprises including the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Harvard's Initiative in Innovative Computing.

StemBook is designed to provide just-in-time information as well as a wealth of foundational knowledge to stem cell researchers and researchers in other specialties. Together with the newly launched StemJournal, it claims to be one of the core components of StemHub, a new portal currently under development by IOS Press.

StemBook Editor Dr. Chad A. Cowan, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and the Publisher are working closely together to expand the current Editorial Board, add new content and update previously published content to keep pace with developments in this fast-moving field.

With the launch of StemJournal, an open access forum for communicating outstanding research in stem cell biology, and the relaunch of StemBook, IOS Press has opened new, dynamic channels for scientific contributions from the many fields of research on stem cells. It also paves the way for developing a much larger hub.

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CRKN releases 75,497 MARC records for Canadiana Online collection
- 17 Dec 2018

Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) has released 75,497 MARC records for the Canadiana Online collection. MARC records are now available for 85 percent of the monographs currently in the Canadiana Online collection. Early in 2019, MARC records for the remaining Canadiana Online monographs, as well as for periodicals, government publications, and newspapers in the collection will also be available.

Going forward, as new items are added to Canadiana Online, MARC records for this new content will be available every six months. To be alerted by email when new MARC records are available, interested parties can sign-up for the CRKN newsletter and select 'MARC records' under 'Send me news from'.

If the library subscribed to Early Canadiana Online (ECO), one can add the Canadiana Online collection to their catalogue. ECO is a subset of Canadiana Online, and new material is being added to Canadiana Online regularly. Canadiana Online includes the 6 million pages of ECO content as well as an additional 13 million pages of monographs, periodicals, annuals and newspapers. As of January 2019, the subscription paywall to the Canadiana collections will be removed and access to these collections will be available at no charge to users.

To download the MARC records, individuals may visit www.crkn-rcdr.ca/en/marc-records.

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Frontiers integrates AIRA into its digital peer-review platform
- 17 Dec 2018

Open-access scholarly publisher Frontiers has announced the integration of Artificial Intelligence Review Assistant (AIRA) into its digital peer-review platform to enable better, more efficient quality control and manuscript handling. AIRA assists editors, reviewers and internal teams by analysing, interpreting and communicating the quality of submitted manuscripts and the review process, as well as suggesting actions and identifying potential reviewers. Built in-house and fully integrated into the Frontiers Review Forum and internal workflows, these groundbreaking capabilities have already streamlined Frontiers' publishing process, and will continually drive further optimisation through ongoing learning and inclusion of new quality checks.

High-quality peer review is fundamental to scholarly publishing, certifying the validity, rigour and correctness of research hypotheses, methods and conclusions. The challenge for publishers and reviewers alike is maintaining rigorous quality standards in the face of ever-increasing manuscript submissions.

AIRA currently addresses two key peer review tasks: quality control and reviewer identification. Its algorithms quickly and accurately evaluate submitted manuscripts against a set of quality measures, including text overlap, language, the presence of human images and other ethical considerations. Those meeting a defined quality threshold are passed to editorial assignment, while any with potential issues are flagged to Frontiers' Research Integrity and Review Operations Teams for further investigation - and will not go into review until and if resolved.

AIRA's algorithms also identify potential reviewers based on expertise and availability, and check for potential conflicts of interests between editors, reviewers and authors - with further checks being converted from manual to AI-driven to evaluate the quality of the review itself. These are major steps forward in ensuring independent review of all manuscripts by the right experts in a field.

The system was built in-house from custom algorithms as well as industry-leading tools, for example, Google, iThenticate by CrossRef and Ada by Editage. All have been trained and rigorously tested using Frontiers' 10 years of peer review experience and are fully integrated into Frontiers' Collaborative Review Forum and internal processes.

AIRA is the culmination of 10 years of publishing experience and innovation by Frontiers. An early Open Access pioneer, Frontiers was the first to take scientific publishing entirely online through a suite of powerful, digital tools - all built and maintained in-house. These include an award-winning Open Science platform that makes high-quality, peer-reviewed research articles freely available to everyone around the world; a collaborative peer-review platform allowing real-time interactions between editors, reviewers and authors; and a virtual editorial office for editors to enhance efficiency, oversight and quality control.

Frontiers also pioneered alternative author and article metrics that provide objective ways to evaluate research impact, and launched the first social network fully integrated into a publishing platform, Loop, to maximise author and article discoverability.

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Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology launches new specialty section - Industrial Biotechnology
- 14 Dec 2018

Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology has announced the launch of its new speciality section, Industrial Biotechnology. The new specialty section will focus on the use of enzymes and microbes for industrial processes such as food and feed processing, cosmetics, and polymer processing and for the manufacture of bio-based products. The section is led by Georg Gübitz of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU Vienna).

Industrial Biotechnology will welcome articles that look at the application of biotechnology to enable the biorefinery in a global, sustainable bio-economy for the production of renewable chemicals, plastics and biofuels.

Industrial Biotechnology is now open for submissions and is accepting Research Topic proposals. Abstract Submissions are now open for Enzymes in Industrial Biotechnology, edited by Susana Rodriguez-Couto and Spiros Nicolas Agathos.

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IET launches new engineering research journal - IET Smart Cities
- 13 Dec 2018

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the launch of IET Smart Cities.

The new Gold Open Access journal will publish the latest advances in Information Communication Technology (ICT) for smart cities, including advanced research that aims to resolve issues that affect quality of life, such as traffic congestion, air pollution, health hazards, natural disasters, public safety and housing.

Prof. William Webb, Webb Consulting Ltd UK, and Prof. Chai K Toh, National Tsing Hua University, TAIWAN, will serve as the Editors-in-Chief of the journal.

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