Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced that it will demo its new RefWorks Flow, a cloud-based collaboration platform for research materials, at the UKSG and Association of College and Research Libraries conferences. Attendees at the conferences can expect to get a look at the next generation of document and reference management.
RefWorks Flow was created to provide a better solution for the changing workflow of researchers, who are increasingly working in team environments and want seamless access to full text documents, rather than citations alone. Built with user experience as its primary development driver, Flow reportedly features an intuitive interface that needs little training to use and simplifies the management of research materials. It enables users, whether they are students or scholars, to organise full text documents and references, keeping them together, accessible and usable for a variety of needs -- team collaboration, class reading scenarios, etc.
Users can save web page content and metadata, create collections to organise documents and citations, and upload PDF and Office documents. Once saved to the cloud, these documents can be read, highlighted and annotated on multiple devices. Flow has built-in recognition of documents and citations so users don't have to enter metadata manually.
The platform is also designed to be easy for institutions to use. A cloud-based service, it requires no installation or updates. Flow is compatible with all modern web browsers on computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The product is available immediately.
Academic publisher PeerJ Inc. and PeerJ PrePrints (a preprint server) have announced the first four universities to enter into an institutional arrangement to centrally fund PeerJ membership fees for their faculty.
Universities who have already entered into these arrangements for their faculty include Duke University, the University of Nottingham (UK), the University of Birmingham (UK), and Arizona State University.
PeerJ emphasises research integrity; high ethical standards; constructive peer-review; exemplary production quality; and leading edge online functionality. The journal is indexed by PubMed, PubMed Central (PMC), Scopus and Google Scholar. There is an Editorial Board of over 800 world class researchers, and a 20-member Advisory Board which includes 5 Nobel Laureates. In addition, PeerJ members benefit from the ability to publish articles in PeerJ PrePrints.
Institutions can choose to purchase individual memberships for their authors in advance (and distribute them as they choose), or they can pre-pay for memberships which are then used by their faculty as and when they come to publish at PeerJ. Both options allow an institution to provide an Open Access option to a large number of their authors, in a cost effective way.
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and Security Executive Council (SEC), a research and advisory services firm for risk mitigation solutions, has launched Elsevier's Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio at ISC West in Las Vegas. This new content equips executives, practitioners and educators with proven information and practical solutions for successful security and risk management programmes. Ten titles are now available in the portfolio with 15 more planned for later in 2013.
The new portfolio provides real-world solutions and 'how-to' guidelines that executives, practitioners and educators can use to implement and teach proven physical and digital risk management strategies and tactics, written by SEC subject-matter experts including industry-recognised practitioners and leaders. Elsevier's Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio makes all of this research-based and rigorously vetted information available to non-Council members.
The portfolio includes a variety of content types including trend reports and proven practices.
Elsevier's Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio is the newest addition to the broader Elsevier Risk Management&Security Collection, which provides executives, practitioners, and educators with essential resources for risk management, security leadership, digital forensics, IT security, physical security, homeland security, and emergency management. The titles can be purchased individually on the Elsevier Store or as a collection on ScienceDirect.
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published the Spring 2013 issue of its Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) magazine in open access on the NISO website. The magazine provides a summary of the 2012 standards development work conducted by NISO and by the international ISO Information and Documentation committee (TC46). NISO provides this Year in Review issue on an annual basis to keep readers apprised of all the accomplishments of its community in the past year.
In 2012, it published two new standards, the revision of a two-part standard, two new recommended practices, two recommended practice revisions, and a new white paper. It also launched three new initiatives and was awarded two new grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These are all described in more detail in this issue of ISQ.
The Spring issue also contains a standard spotlight article on the Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS), a new standard based on an older specification, originally developed at the National Library of Medicine. Also included in the issue is the annual reference listing of all of NISO's published standards, recommended practices and technical reports.
The ISQ Spring issue is available electronically in open access from the NISO website at: www.niso.org/publications/isq/. ISQ is also available in print format by subscription or in print-on-demand.
Publisher Future Science Group has announced the launch of Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing, a new bimonthly peer-reviewed online and print publication addressing all aspects of bioprocessing for the development and manufacture of biopharmaceutical healthcare products. The journal is the latest addition to the internationally recognised Future Science portfolio.
Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing captures the latest key innovations and debate emerging in this burgeoning field and will serve as an essential 'one-stop shop' for researchers and other stakeholders. It is supported by a multidisciplinary, international editorial board comprising leading researchers and opinion leaders from academia and industry.
The journal fills an important gap in literature with its exquisite focus on this field, providing readers with concise, high-value information, enriched with expert commentary and analysis.
Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing seeks to provide an authoritative forum for the publication of original research articles, reviews and perspectives covering all areas of advanced bioprocess science and technology - from manufacturing to purification, through to the assessment and preparation of the final product for patient delivery. Each issue also features news updates along with regular editorial and opinions on hot topics and pressing areas of debate, and Interviews with international experts.