Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced the launch of a new journal, the Journal of Complex Networks. Professor Ernesto Estrada of the University of Strathclyde will serve as the editor-in-chief of the journal.
The study of complex networks has recently emerged as a truly interdisciplinary area of research. Scientists in many different fields already use the shared language of 'network science' which has applications in a variety of fields ranging from physics and mathematics to social and economic sciences. This is a new discipline at the intersection of mathematics, physics, and computer science that studies the patterns of interconnections among diverse entities representing a variety of chemical, biological, informational, semantic, cognitive, socio-economical, infrastructural, and engineering systems.
In spite of the growing strength of this discipline, researchers often find it difficult to get their papers accepted in traditional journals. This situation is not due to any lack of quality but has more to do with the restrictive scope of many traditional journals. As a result, many excellent papers have been dispersed in specialised journals across Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, and Socio-economic sciences. This is a problem because it can impede necessary communication and interaction between researchers working in the same area.
The Journal of Complex Networks publishes original articles and reviews with a significant contribution to the analysis and understanding of complex networks and its applications in diverse fields. The journal covers everything from the basic mathematical, physical, and computational principles needed for studying complex networks, to their applications in molecular, biological, ecological, informational, engineering, social, technological, and other systems.
Topics covered by the journal include (but are not limited to): Mathematical and numerical analysis of networks; Network theory and computer sciences; Structural analysis of networks; Networks and epidemiology; Social, socio-economic and political networks; Ecological networks; Technological and infrastructural networks; Biological and molecular networks; Evolving networks; Biomedicine related networks; Animal social networks; Climate networks; Cognitive, language and informational networks.
Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced several new enhancements to Sentri7, a web-based, enterprise-wide electronic surveillance application that helps hospital staff identify at-risk patients.
The Sentri7 Pharmacy Module now prioritises patients by need for intervention when pharmacists are rounding. Sentri7 also allows easier exchange of patient assessment information across shifts and provides finer control when a patient should be assessed. Pharmacists easily see the clinician that reviewed the patient last, as well as the time of the last review.
The Sentri7 Infection Prevention Module features the patient birth date on the patient card, allowing an infection preventionist to easily complete forms. Additionally, multiple enhancements have been made to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
Sentri7 by Pharmacy OneSource combines medication, laboratory, patient, radiology and surgery data to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. Accelerating workflows can lead to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance.
STM Publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the release of Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor High Performance Programming, a book authored by two Intel evangelists, Jim Jeffers and James Reinders. The book has also been selected for Intel's Recommended Reading List, an industry resource for the most pertinent technical books for professional developers.
The book is said to benefit software engineers, scientific researchers and high performance and supercomputing developers in need of high-performance computing resources, by providing a guide to exploiting the parallel power of the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor for high-performance computing. It also presents best practices for portable, high-performance computing and a familiar and proven threaded, scalar-vector programming model.
The resource includes simple but informative code examples that explain the unique aspects of this new highly parallel and high performance computational product. It also covers wide vectors, many cores, many threads and high bandwidth cache/memory architecture.
This announcement coincides with the formal dedication of the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in Austin, TX which is currently ranked number seven on the list of Top 500 supercomputers, with over 6400 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. Jeffers and Reinders have committed several hundred books to support TACC's training efforts for Stampede.
The book, published by Elsevier under the Morgan Kaufmann imprint, is available electronically and in print and can be purchased on the Elsevier Store, as well as on ScienceDirect.
Other books on Intel's Recommended Reading List published under Elsevier's Morgan Kaufmann and Newnes imprints include Programming Massively Parallel Processors by David Kirk and Wen-mei Hwu; Structured Parallel Programming: Patterns for Efficient Computation by Michael McCool, James Reinders and Arch Robison; and Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach by John Hennessy and David Patterson.
The others in the list include An Introduction to Parallel Programming by Peter Pacheco; Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP by Jean-Philippe Vasseur and Adam Dunkels; and Embedded Systems Design with Platform FPGAs by Ronald Sass and Andrew Schmidt.
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the publication of a new Recommended Practice: PIE-J: Presentation&Identification of E-Journals (NISO RP-16-2013). This Recommended Practice was developed to provide guidance on the presentation of e-journals - particularly in the areas of title presentation, accurate use of ISSN, and citation practices - to publishers and platform providers, as well as to solve some long-standing concerns of serials, collections, and electronic resources librarians.
In addition to the recommendations, the document includes extensive examples of good practices using screenshots from various publishers' online journals platforms; a discussion of helpful resources for obtaining title history and ISSN information; an overview of the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and key points for using it correctly; an explanation of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI®), the registration agency CrossRef, and tips on using DOIs for journal title management; and a review of related standards and recommended practices.
The PIE-J draft Recommended Practice and a brochure summarizing the recommendations are available from the NISO PIE-J workroom website at www.niso.org/workrooms/piej/.
Medlantis, a radiology platform recently developed by international medical and science publisher Thieme and the University Health Network of Toronto, was introduced to the European market at the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna. Particularly well received were the educational modules (video lectures linked to relevant e-book content and selected RadCases). Attendees also reportedly liked the comprehensive nature of the site, which contains over 43,000 pages of Thieme book and journal content as well as 86,000 radiologic images.
Over 20,000 attendees from 100 countries had the opportunity to preview Medlantis. Many reportedly commented on the high quality of the videos and the comprehensiveness of Thieme's eRadiology site. Others liked the fact that Medlantis automatically downloads selected images into PowerPoint and a Medlantis site licence includes the right to use the images for non-commercial purposes like presentations and lectures.
Attendees also commented favourably on the ability to write personal notes related to the video lectures and the fact that references are linked to PubMed, giving users a guided tour into the world's scientific literature.
Dr. Kieran Murphy was recently named Editor-in-Chief of Medlantis. Dr. Murphy is Medical Director, UHN International Strategy and Deputy Chief of the Joint Department of Medical Imaging at the University Health Network Toronto. In his new role, he will be responsible for the overall editorial development of Medlantis.