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The BMJ launches special collection on research for health in the Americas
- 16 Jul 2018

The BMJ is launching a special collection of articles that will explore how research can drive effective and efficient health systems across the Americas. The collection seeks to shape the research agenda and help fulfil the promise of high quality health for all.

High quality research - and the evidence that it yields - is essential for improving global health and health equity, as well as economic development. Research for health refers to a system which seeks to harness science, technology and broader knowledge to produce research-based evidence and tools for improving global health.

It is a top priority for the World Health Organization (WHO) to help strengthen health systems and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2009, member states of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) therefore approved a regional policy on research for health in the Americas.

It was developed to complement the WHO's Strategy on Research for Health, based on the premise that policies and practices in support of health worldwide should be grounded in the best scientific knowledge.

By December 2017, 16 countries reported a national policy on research for health, and 18 Caribbean community countries endorsed a common policy.

Yet striking differences remain between countries in their ability to deliver, use, and organise research for health, or to monitor their research capacity, argue Dr Kamran Abbasi, Executive Editor at The BMJ, along with Carissa Etienne and Luis Gabriel Cuervo at Pan American Health, in an editorial to launch the collection.

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The CCDC and FIZ Karlsruhe launch joint deposition and access services for crystal structure data
- 13 Jul 2018

The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure (FIZ Karlsruhe) have announced the launch of their joint deposition and access services for crystallographic data across all chemistry. These services will enable researchers to share data through a single deposition portal and explore all chemical structures for free worldwide.

With this joint depot, FIZ Karlsruhe supports the community's need for a reliable infrastructure for research data from crystallography.

Recent advances in chemistry have meant that the distinctions between inorganic and organic structures have become blurred, for instance through research to design new batteries, gas storage systems, zeolites, catalysts, magnets, and fuel additives. This, coupled with the desire from researchers for more integrated databases, has been the driving force behind the development of these joint services.

As a result, researchers and educators worldwide, working across all fields of chemistry, are able to explore over one million crystallographic structures through a joint Access Structures service enabling them to view and retrieve deposited datasets associated with structures in the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD).

Crystallographers can deposit organic, inorganic and metal-organic structures through a unified deposition service. This features a streamlined online portal for easy submission and integrates a variety of checks to alert researchers about the validity, integrity and originality of their data. Additional features include the rapid assignment of deposition numbers and the ability for depositors to choose to share their data immediately through an appropriate database. Alternatively, data destined for inclusion in a scientific article is automatically shared at the point of publication through workflows with most major publishers. Anyone looking for structures previously stored in the FIZ Karlsruhe depot can still find them using the published depot number.

All of the existing expert data curation and publishing processes will remain in place, ensuring that users will still have access to the high-quality data and advanced analysis capabilities on which they can depend. The highly curated CSD and ICSD databases and their associated advanced software will continue to develop and to be available independently from the CCDC and FIZ Karlsruhe, respectively.

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ASTM International launches ASTM SpecBuilder, a collaboration platform for document development
- 12 Jul 2018

International standards organisation ASTM International has launched the ASTM SpecBuilder platform which empowers organisations to streamline collaboration and document development for internal documents such as specifications, test methods, guidelines, and procedures.

In an effort to refine the platform, the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and others have tested SpecBuilder over the past year.

SpecBuilder provides a single platform to ensure organisations' internal drafts, comments, votes, and supporting documents, are uploaded, acted on, and archived within a single secure tool. Specifically, the tool allows team members to manage changes to documents; revise multiple documents simultaneously; accelerate voting processes; add hyperlinks to standards; streamline communications; and securely store and restart projects; and more.

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Elsevier expands medication dose checking capabilities in its Gold Standard Drug Database
- 11 Jul 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, and part of RELX Group, has announced the expansion of medication dose checking capabilities in its Gold Standard Drug Database. Expanded content in Gold Standard Drug Database supports health professionals and healthcare organisations in preventing clinically and financially harmful drug dosing errors.

The dose checking content protects against excessive, inadequate and/or potentially dangerous doses to ensure optimal delivery of the patient's medication. Available within the clinical decision support suite of Gold Standard Drug Database, the dose checking content is now the most robust in the industry.

Gold Standard Drug Database exclusively offers TRUE Daily Updates to deliver advanced drug data and decision support for integration into health systems and applications. In tandem with evidence-based, peer-reviewed content, intelligent screening tools in the Gold Standard Drug Database protect against false negative alerts that can lead to unsafe drug therapy decisions, and false positive alerts that cause dangerous alert fatigue and overrides. These safeguards are designed to help reduce the nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year due to adverse drug events (U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ahrq.gov).

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Springer Nature launches two new journals under new 'SN' imprint
- 10 Jul 2018

Springer Nature has announced the launch of two new highly inclusive, broad appeal journals in the fields of applied sciences and clinical medicine under a new imprint 'SN'. SN Applied Sciences and SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine are the first journals to be published using the 'SN' name, an indication of the value the company believes sound science journals have to offer to the research community.

SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine will publish articles from more than 75 medical specialities grouped under three broad categories: imaging, surgery and medicine. The scope of SN Applied Sciences reflects the increasing need for journals to publish articles on applications and industry-related research in Engineering, Technology, Earth and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Materials and Applied Physics. The journal will especially serve authors from emerging regions in the world, including those from Asia who are increasingly prolific in these subject areas.

These journals support the company's ambition of ensuring that all scientifically sound research that has been completed in these research fields and passes peer-review can be published at Springer Nature. Authors will be able to choose to publish their research either for free, with the publishing costs being covered by academic institutions via library deals or, on payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC), via open access, where these articles are universally accessible and immediately free to read from the point of publication. The journals will be open for submissions from July 2018.

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