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RUR Rankings Agency releases 2018 World University Ranking, powered by Web of Science Data
- 17 Apr 2018

Round University Ranking (RUR) Rankings Agency has published its annual World University Rankings, which evaluates the performance of 761 universities around the world. The ranking methodology is based on three key principles: inclusiveness, balance, and stability. Performance is measured against 20 indicators related to teaching, research, international diversity, and financial sustainability.

RUR partnered with Clarivate Analytics to collect statistical data from its Global Institutional Profiling Project, bibliometric data exclusively from the Web of Science, and reputation data from its Academic Reputation Survey. This survey is conducted annually with 10,000 respondents from across the globe.

Despite the fact that four fewer USA universities made the list this year than in 2017 and six less than in 2016, USA universities continue to dominate the leader board.

Russia took second place in the world in terms of overall representation in the rankings with 70 institutions, up from third place in 2017 with 67 universities. The UK has fallen to third place with 67 participating universities.

Clarivate Analytics data are used by influential ranking organisations such as the Academic Ranking of the World Universities (also known as Shanghai Rankings), CWTS Leiden Ranking, U.S. News Global University Rankings, U-Multirank European Ranking, Reuters News Rankings, University Ranking by Academic Performance - URAP (Turkey), I-UGR Rankings (Spain), National Taiwan University Rankings, among many others.

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Wolters Kluwer-Rockburn Institute study links evidence-based clinical decision support to higher value-based care scores
- 16 Apr 2018

Wolters Kluwer Health has released the results of a study conducted in partnership with the Rockburn Institute that revealed when nurses use Lippincott Advisor and Lippincott Procedures at the bedside, hospitals' Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) scores went up. Notably, the study found that hospitals using both evidence-based clinical decision support (CDS) tools exceeded the national average and had a nearly 25% higher average rank on 2017 scores than their peers, based on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) performance measures.

The Rockburn Institute, a non-profit healthcare research consultancy group, evaluated data compiled over a three-year period from approximately 3,000 hospitals nationwide that participated in the VBP program. The performance of hospitals using both Lippincott Procedures and Lippincott Advisor was compared to the other hospitals that had received VBP Total Performance Scores for 2014 and 2015. Scores of hospitals using both CDS tools were then evaluated for 2017 against previous years' results.

Among the key study findings were that hospitals using both CDS tools achieved higher VBP Total Performance scores and adjustment factors than the national average; an average VBP Total Performance Score rank in 2017 that was nearly 25% higher than all other hospitals; and improved VBP Efficiency Domain scores.

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Invitation to complete survey on how archives and special collection repositories are being cited in publications
- 04 Apr 2018

Research Libraries UK, in partnership with The National Archives and Jisc, have recently commissioned TheResearchBase to undertake a commissioned study into the citation of archive and special collection holding repositories within academic publications ('Citation Capture').

As a part of this important research, a survey is being undertaken of archivists, librarians, publishers, and academics regarding how repositories are cited within academic publications. All publishers whose outputs include reference to archives and special collections within academic research are encouraged to participate in this survey.

The survey asks participants what information repositories currently gather regarding their users; what guidance is given to users regarding how they should cite a repository within a publication; whether repositories actively survey citations and the use to which this information is put; and the appetite and advantages of establishing a more uniform system of citation to archival and special collection repositories.

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Springer Nature publishes first Responsible Business report - Discover More
- 28 Mar 2018

Springer Nature has launched its first Responsible Business report since the creation of the company through merger in 2015. The report, entitled Discover More, outlines how Springer Nature helps the communities it serves to advance discovery and learning and tracks the environmental and social impacts of its global operations. The report was commissioned as part of Springer Nature's commitments as a progressive publisher of academic, educational and professional content and services.

The report covers how Springer Nature seeks to act responsibly in four key areas - as a responsible publisher of research and education content: supporting researchers to more easily, efficiently and effectively have an impact through their research; people and partners: developing an inclusive and diverse global workforce, and with policies and processes - underpinned by its code of conduct - that set clear expectations both for colleagues and business partners; responsibility to the environment: undertaking, for the first time, a review of the operational impacts of the business, including paper used in published products and energy and resource use from offices and warehouses; and responsibility to the Community: outlining a new company-wide framework for making contributions to community partners - enabling access to equitable, quality education and science. In 2017, Springer Nature gave more than 570,000 as donations and sponsorship to charities and organisations to support projects and programmes aligning with these aims.

This commitment is also reflected in the company's journal portfolio. In 2017, Springer Nature launched both Nature Sustainability and the fully open access Sustainable Earth, while the Springer journal Sustainability Science celebrated its 10th anniversary and Nature Climate Change its 6th. In addition, the Springer Nature Grand Challenges programme, also launched in 2017, seeks to connect policymakers, business leaders and civil society with the multidisciplinary research and so help address the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The report is now available at www.springernature.com/responsiblebusiness.

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Digital delivery breathes new life into professional books and scholarly monographs, says new Simba report
- 23 Mar 2018

Media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information has released a report titled 'Scholarly&Professional E-Book Publishing 2018-2022.' The report examines the scholarly and professional market including e-books in law, business, scientific and technical, medical, and social science and humanities. It found that, although the book market as a whole has taken its lumps due to declining print sales, e-books have greater appeal with library customers, which has led publishers to reinvest in their collections.

According to this report, scholarly and professional e-books sales increased globally by 5.6% in 2017 and will grow an additional 4.8% in 2018, revitalizing medium publishers once wrote off.

Individual print book sales, long a mainstay in medicine and nursing textbooks, are being supplanted by applications on tablets and mobile phones, electronic references and other online services. Libraries are increasingly using their book budgets to buy digital collections rather than individual titles. Researchers swoon for enriched content that can be searched en masse.

The new landscape is messy, says the report. It is not always clear whether content is being delivered as an online service or an e-book, but digital delivery has breathed new life into monographs, extending their life and attracting investment from major publishers. Encyclopedias and major reference works as e-books form the core of major content delivery services in law and across the scholarly and professional spectrum.

Scholarly and professional books as a whole still face steep challenges. Academic library budgets are under pressure, which has hurt books particularly hard after decades losing budget battles to journals and databases. Law school enrollments are declining in the large, rich U.S. market. Print sales and total sales are down and these trends can be expected to continue.

Scholarly&Professional E-Book Publishing 2018-2022 provides an overview and financial outlook for the global scholarly and professional e-book publishing markets based on specific research and analysis of the leading competitors' performance. Leading competitors' performance is projected through 2018. Scholarly and professional market categories are projected through 2022. The report also discusses trends, challenges, pricing models, usage, major e-book publishers, aggregators and platform providers.

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