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Medical online content sales to surpass books in 2018, says new Simba Information report
- 19 Oct 2017

Media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information has released a report titled 'Global Medical Publishing 2017-2021.' The report notes that online content continues to grow faster than all other channels - faster than the largest category journals and much faster than books.

Steep declines in medical books and the rise of dynamic online content combine for a sea change in medical publishing - original online content in the form of products like electronic clinical references, drug databases and training tools will overtake books as the No. 2 sales producing publishing activity in 2018.

At the publisher level, medical online content grew 5.5% to $1.8 billion in 2016 or $1.6 billion at the market level (after the elimination of double counted revenue). Simba forecasts it will pass the shrinking, but still significant, health science book market in 2018.

The next phase in this transition is a movement towards a new vision for dynamic content - content that will provide answers, not just search results, from a variety of sources whether publisher owned, licensed or open data.

Dynamic publishing relies on content in interoperable form to be extracted and combined in ways that anticipate user behaviour, supported by analytics, to provide meaningful answers to questions posed by researchers. Publishers would apply the enabling technology to open content, research data and computer power to synthesize multiple sources in real time.

Global Medical Publishing 2017-2021 outlines the strategies publishers, individually and collectively, will pursue in this environment of constant change.

Global Medical Publishing 2017-2021 provides detailed market information for medical and health care publishing, segmented by delivery medium: journals, books, online content, abstracting and indexing (A&I) and other activities (audio, video and CD-ROM). It analyses trends impacting the industry and forecasts market growth to 2021. The report includes an in-depth review of 10 leading medical publishers.

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ACRL and OCLC release 'Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research' report
- 28 Sep 2017

ACRL and OCLC have announced the release of Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research. Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, this valuable resource investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders. The full report is freely available for download on the ACRL website.

Now more than ever, academic libraries are being asked to demonstrate value to their institutional stakeholders, funders, and governance boards. Academic Library Impact builds on ACRL's 2010 Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report and the results of the subsequent Assessment in Action program. It demonstrates how libraries are now measuring library contributions to student learning and success, and recommends where more research is needed in areas critical to the higher education sector such as accreditation, student retention, and academic achievement.

Led by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research, all components were produced in partnership with OCLC staff and partners including William Harvey, Vanessa Kitzie, Stephanie Mikitish, and Dale Musselman. The components include analyses of library and information science (LIS) and higher education literature, focus group interviews and brainstorming sessions with academic library administrators at different institution types within the US, and individual interviews with provosts.

Building on established best practices and recent research, Academic Library Impact clearly identifies priority areas and suggests specific actions for academic librarians and administrators to take in developing programs, collections, and spaces focused on student learning and success. It includes effective practices, calls out exemplary studies, and indicates where more inquiry is needed, with proposed research designs. It identifies the next generation of necessary research to continue to testify to library value. The new report is a significant milestone for ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries initiative and for the profession.

A companion online tool, 'Visualizing Academic Library Impact: The ACRL/OCLC Literature Analysis Dashboard' helps librarians and researchers filter the existing literature for studies most relevant to their research interests and visually explore the literature and other data in the form of charts and graphs.

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Clarivate Analytics releases 2017 State of Innovation Report: The Relentless Desire to Advance
- 27 Sep 2017

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, has released the 2017 State of Innovation Report: The Relentless Desire to Advance. According to the report, analysis of year-over-year research and patent activity across 12 key industries shows that the growth rate has slowed in 2016. Patent volume is still on an upward trajectory, with over 2.6 million published patents in 2016. This indicates that global corporations, universities, government agencies and research institutions are continuing to relentlessly contribute new solutions to address the world's biggest problems.

The eighth annual study analyses global intellectual property data, including worldwide patent application activity and scientific literature publications, as a leading indicator of innovation. This year's study finds a growth in patent filings of eight percent - down from 14 percent last year. The report also finds the highest innovation growth coming from the Food, Beverage and Tobacco industry at 39 percent.

The study looks at the following 12 industries: Aerospace&Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Cosmetics&Wellbeing, Food, Beverage&Tobacco, Home Appliances, Information Technology, Medical Devices, Oil&Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Semiconductors and Telecommunications.

The State of Innovation study also tracks global scientific literature publications as a window into the scientific and scholarly research that typically precedes discovery and the protection of innovation rights. Total scientific literature production has again posted a year-over-year decline, reinforcing a potential future slowdown in innovation growth.

According to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), innovation drives economic growth. Research and development (R&D) activities allow scientists and researchers to develop new knowledge, techniques and technologies that enable people to produce more with either the same or fewer resources. The resulting increase in productivity fuels economic growth. The research indicates that a 1 percent increase in R&D spending grows the economy by 0.61 percent.

Data in the 2017 State of Innovation report was compiled using Derwent World Patents Index and Web of Science.

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NISO releases Issues in Vocabulary Management Technical Report
- 26 Sep 2017

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the publication of a new Technical Report, NISO TR-06-2017, Issues in Vocabulary Management. This document is one outcome of the NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project, which was conducted in 2013-14 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The technical report builds upon the work outlined in the 2014 project summary report Roadmap for the Future of Bibliographic Exchange by discussing policies supporting vocabulary use and reuse, documentation for vocabularies, and requirements for the preservation of RDF vocabularies.

The audiences for this technical report start with the communities NISO has brought together: libraries, publishers, and service providers. But beyond these communities, NISO aims for the document to help the many individuals and groups building and sharing bibliographic and other descriptive data, as well as knowledge managers within a variety of organisations using vocabularies to solve problems.

NISO TR-06-2017, Issues in Vocabulary Management is the result of efforts by three working groups and a steering committee, whose remits illustrate the breadth of the work involved. The Use/Reuse working group looked at policy and social considerations, including appropriate licenses and permissions, maintenance expectations, and versioning. The Documentation working group explored standards for documentation of vocabulary properties, particularly as it relates to discovery and usage, as well as governance and sustainability issues. The Preservation working group examined the landscape issue of 'orphan vocabularies,' where organisations abandon vocabularies for lack of funding or when the vocabularies cannot make the transition between print and digital.

NISO TR-06-2017, Issues in Vocabulary Management and related documents are available on the NISO website at http://www.niso.org/topics/tl/BibliographicRoadmap/.

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Scientific&technical publishing market flat in 2016, says new Simba report
- 25 Sep 2017

Media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information has released a report titled 'Global Scientific&Technical Publishing 2017-2021.' The report notes that once a fast growing, predictable and inflation-proof market, scientific and technical publishing is now mostly flat and increasingly subject to rules imposed by research funders to make articles and data available for free.

The report found that the market fell 1.7 percent overall in 2016 and was estimated to be essentially flat at constant currency. This performance is an improvement from the 9.2 percent decline experienced in 2015, a year when all major currencies fell sharply against the US dollar shrinking the market when measured in dollars.

For years, libraries accommodated the growing cost of journals and online materials by shifting their limited budget spending away from books. That cupboard is mostly bare, but prices continue to grow faster than library budgets. Many of the largest customers are now pushing back on price increases and cancelling subscriptions - or at least driving tough negotiations.

In the face of pressure on the subscription model, many authors and research funders initiated the push for open access, where funding came from fees paid by the authors who are then able to charge it to their research sponsor. Traditional publishers initially resisted this threat to their highly profitable subscription business, and some of the large ones still do, but now most major publishers have come to integrate it into their arsenal, if not embrace it.

Even the largest publishers, those most invested in the legacy subscription business model, have found open access useful in launching new journals because it better matches costs and revenue in the uncertain startup stage of a journal. S&T publishing sales will remain overwhelmingly reader and library-pay, but open access' place in the market, and its rules, are now secure - publishers must come to grips.

Meanwhile, other structural changes are impacting the market. Books and print journal advertising are on the decline, and are only partly compensated by online gains, which are generally sold at lower price points.

As these transitions are underway, the market is thrust into further uncertainty stemming from the UK's exit from the European Union and the surprising election of Donald Trump as US President. Both growth and currency valuations in the European publishing centers are undermined by Brexit. Europe was already one of the weakest performing economic zones and this uncertainty will both hamper investment and depress the British pound and the euro. In America, years of division and grid-lock could stall spending on medical research and infrastructure, as well as cast uncertainty over health care reform and other potential drivers of growth.

Global Scientific&Technical Publishing 2017-2021 provides detailed market information for scientific and technical publishing, segmented by delivery medium: journals, books, online content, abstracting and indexing, and other activities (audio, video and CD-ROM). It analyses trends impacting the industry and forecasts market growth to 2021. The report includes an in-depth review of 10 leading scientific and technical publishers, including Elsevier, Springer Nature, Clarivate, John Wiley&Sons, IHS Markit, American Chemical Society and others.

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