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New study explores most popular phase of product development for starting medical publications activities
- 21 Aug 2017

A new study by business intelligence provider Cutting Edge Information has found that the highest percentage of surveyed life science teams (30%) delay medical publications activities until products enter the registration and launch phase of product development.

The study, 'Planning Medical Abstracts and Manuscripts,' analysed pharmaceutical, biotech and device company teams to discover current and upcoming trends in the medical affairs space, and found that a quarter (25%) of surveyed teams report planning and executing publication strategies during Phase 3a and 3b.

The same Cutting Edge Information study found that few surveyed life science teams begin medical publications work earlier than Phase 2 of product development. During Phase 2 itself, 19% of pharmaceutical companies reported starting publications activities.

Survey data indicate that a smaller percentage (13%) of medical affairs groups may not develop publications materials until after products have reached the marketplace.

Planning Medical Abstracts and Manuscripts, available online at https://www.cuttingedgeinfo.com/product/planning-medical-abstracts-manuscripts/, provides data about medical publications teams' resources and activity levels throughout launch window. The report presents profiles outlining how teams supporting common, niche or blockbuster products execute their publications strategies. In developing this research, Cutting Edge Information's analysts collected surveys from and consulted with medical affairs leaders at top pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Planning Medical Abstracts and Manuscripts is part of a 10-part series that Cutting Edge Information will be publishing throughout 2017. The Medical Affairs Product Launch Series, available at https://www.cuttingedgeinfo.com/product/medical-affairs-product-launch-series/, investigates how medical affairs resources and key performance indicators (KPIs) shift between two years prior to launch, one year before launch, launch year and during the product's first year on market.

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Nature Index points industry to institutions providing ideas behind inventions
- 10 Aug 2017

The Nature Index 2017 Innovation supplement sheds new light on the impact academic research is having on innovation by examining how research articles are cited in third party patents.

By looking at patents owned by third parties - informed by and citing academic work - rather than those held by institutions themselves, the influence of research on the development of products and services is exposed.

The supplement's tables contain some of the key academic players whose ideas may shape tomorrow's inventions. The top of these tables are occupied by both institutions with global reputations for high-quality research and others whose published work is having a disproportionately high impact relative to their size.

Ranked by a metric developed by The Lens, The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego (1) and Rockefeller University in New York (2) lead the way. Next are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3), University of Massachusetts Medical School (4) and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (5). Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel (6) is the only non-US institution in the top ten, followed by three US research heavyweights: National Institutes of Health (7), University of California San Francisco (8) and Stanford University (9). Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is notably placed tenth.

38 of the top 50 institutions by The Lens metric are from the United States. From the rest of the world, institutions placed first in their countries include University of Strasbourg (16, France), University of Geneva (21, Switzerland), Hangyang University (23, South Korea), University of Dundee (26, United Kingdom) and Karolinska Institute (38, Sweden). From Japan, both Osaka University (31) and RIKEN (39) make the top 50.

The Normalized Lens Influence Metric provides a measure of the influence an institution's research has had on innovation by calculating the citations of research articles in patents owned by third parties, rather than those owned by institutions themselves. The metric has been derived for 200 high performing institutions that appear in the top 100 of at least one of a number of institutional rankings (Nature Index, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Thomson Innovation or the Leiden Ranking).

Nature Index data is also presented for the 200 institutions ranked by The Lens. For the first time, Nature Index data has been normalised against the total research output of an institution in the natural sciences, as indicated by the number of research articles an institution has published in the Web of Science from Clarivate Analytics. This provides a measure for comparing institutions' output in the Index relative to their research capacity, which can then be compared to the normalized Lens Metric that similarly takes into account the scale of the institution's research.

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Digital options are boosting space creativity and flexibility, reveals ProQuest survey
- 02 Aug 2017

As libraries increasingly function as 'community hubs,' public librarians are prioritising space reclamation to create collaborative spaces, maker/hacker spaces and meeting rooms. This is according to a new ProQuest survey of public librarians about their views, plans and strategies related to space reclamation.

A topic on the library radar for several years, space reclamation has now moved from discussion to priority - 59% of public library respondents to the ProQuest survey started to consider space reclamation a priority within the last two years. A ProQuest survey of academic librarians conducted in late 2016 found that about a third of those respondents had prioritised repurposing space for more than five years.

The public library survey findings highlight common strategies being used to repurpose space: 65% of respondents are weeding historical periodicals and 47% are replacing print with ebooks.

ProQuest is responding to the trend with new services that enable libraries to free shelf-space without reducing the size or scope of their collections. For instance, its Assessment Team works with libraries who are weeding printed materials, identifying comprehensive digital replacements and recommending items that should be available in both print and digital format. The team provides libraries with a complimentary detailed report customised to their collection, user needs and budget. The report even recommends the best acquisition formats to reduce budget impact.

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Readers from TrendMD Network save 77 percent more articles to Mendeley, says study
- 27 Jul 2017

A recent study published in Scientometrics illustrates that readers who discover articles from a TrendMD article recommendation save 77% more of these articles to Mendeley. Replicated studies have found that article saves of scholarly articles on reference managers such as Mendeley precede and predict citations. TrendMD delivers contextual article recommendations to 80 million monthly readers across 3,300 journals on the TrendMD network. This is the first controlled study designed to identify the influence of cross-publisher article recommendations among the research community.

During a four-week test, readers from the research community saved 6.2 articles to Mendeley when included in TrendMD recommendations, a 77 percent increase compared to 3.5 saved articles in a randomized control group from the same journal which were not included in TrendMD recommendations. Further, 70 percent of articles included in TrendMD recommendations had up to nine Mendeley saves, while the corresponding article cohort in the randomised control group had only up to five Mendeley saves during the same period.

Publishers participating in the TrendMD Network include JMIR Publications, who supported this study, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, BMJ Group, American Diabetes Association, Taylor&Francis, Elsevier, and hundreds more.

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New Jisc Report: Changing publishing ecologies - A landscape study of new university presses and academic-led publishing
- 24 Jul 2017

Jisc has released a new report - Changing publishing ecologies: A landscape study of new university presses and academic-led publishing.

The report, by Dr Janneke Adema (Coventry University) and Graham Stone (Jisc, formerly Collections and Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Huddersfield), benchmarks the development of NUPs and ALPs and fills in knowledge gaps. It complements Jisc's previous research, such as OAPEN-UK, the National Monographs strategy, the Jisc/OAPEN Investigating OA monograph services project and the new Knowledge Exchange Landscape Study on Open Access Monographs which will be published in September 2017.

Jisc is currently looking to take forward a number of the recommendations within the report.

A copy of the report is available for download here

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