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Five additional publishers working with CLOCKSS to preserve publications for future generations
- 26 Apr 2017

CLOCKSS, a not-for-profit joint venture between the world's leading academic publishers and research libraries, has announced that five additional publishers are working with the archive to preserve their publications for future generations of researchers.

CLOCKSS, the decentralized preservation archive that ensures that the digital assets of the community will survive intact, simultaneously announced the support of six additional libraries.

New Publishers include: American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®); Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation; Carl Grossmann Publishers; McMaster University Library Press; and New Zealand Medical Association.

New Libraries include: Foro Italico University of Rome; Indian Institutes of Management Bangalore; Indian Institutes of Management Indore; Indian Institutes of Management Lucknow; Indian Institutes of Management Udaipur; and Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach

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Synchro Publishing and Ergon Creación in deal with Portico to preserve e-journals
- 18 Apr 2017

Digital preservation specialist Portico has announced that Synchro Publishing will preserve e-journals with Portico, ensuring that they will be secure and available into the future.

Synchro is a domain of emerging researchers who aspire to get their papers published. The journals published by Synchro enclose valuable information to be used by academicians, scholars and all those who want to abreast themselves with the scientific development of the present time.

In a related announcement, Portico announced an agreement with Ergon Creación, a publishing company with over 30 years of experience in the medical-pharmaceutical sector. Under the deal, Ergon will preserve its e-journals with Portico, ensuring that they will be secure and available into the future.

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Lakehead University Library and Scholars Portal collaborate on hosted digital preservation pilot
- 07 Apr 2017

Scholars Portal and Lakehead University Library have announced their collaboration on the development of Permafrost, a new preservation service to help protect the unique digital collections held by Ontario's university libraries and archives.

Permafrost is a proposed cloud-hosted digital preservation service for members of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). It will provide the preservation processing system Archivematica in conjunction with OCUL's cloud storage network, the Ontario Library Research Cloud.

Digital files need special processing and management with an eye towards future access, and files on media such as floppy discs and flash drives age rapidly. Permafrost will help make complex digital preservation activities accessible so that Ontario's academic memory institutions can preserve their invaluable digital assets into the future.

Lakehead University Library will participate as a pilot partner site to help Scholars Portal develop the infrastructure and processes needed to support this preservation service across OCUL libraries, including to develop a service model and terms of service for Permafrost, installing Archivematica, and testing the service.

Lakehead University Library has a number of units holding digital materials requiring long-term preservation, including digitised student theses, oral history interviews, and born digital archival materials from private donors.

The archival collections at Lakehead are a resource for students, faculty, and the public. The Archives acquires, preserves, and facilitates the use of original historical records that document the history of Lakehead University; organisations, individuals, and institutions closely affiliated with Lakehead University; and records that document the history of Northwestern Ontario.

This project will be a significant advance in Lakehead's capacity to preserve historical material in an electronic format.

The initial phase of the pilot will run until May 2017. A second phase will bring additional institutions online through to November 2017. Once the pilot is complete, the service will be made widely available to Ontario university libraries interested in preserving their digital collections.

Permafrost is part of OCUL and Scholars Portal's commitment to preserving Ontario's academic collections, both print and digital, for the benefit of current and future generations of scholars.

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Clarivate Analytics announces expansion of Emerging Sources Citation Index
- 04 Apr 2017

Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property&Science business of Thomson Reuters, has announced the expansion of its Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) from 5,000 journal titles to over 7,500 as well as the release of a 10-year archive for this index later this year. The index expansion will increase the breadth of research within the Web of Science to 35,000 journals and offer access to an unparalleled collection of its kind.

In a world where research data is booming, at the same time as science is rapidly changing, the research community is clamouring for access to reveal meaningful connections between past and current research, between collaborators, between funding and research impact. To make these hidden connections it all needs to start with the right data. Committed to investing in its industry-leading products, Clarivate Analytics announced it is addressing this need in the research community with the expansion of its Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

Housed within the Web of Science - the web-based platform for scientific research and discovery and the authority in science, social science and arts and humanities indices - the Emerging Sources Citation Index includes high-quality, peer-reviewed publications representing both regional importance and emerging scientific fields not well-covered in more established journals.

The ESCI archive provides comprehensive discovery of new areas of research, deepens regional and domain coverage and enables expanded research assessment by adding 1,633 new publishers to the Web of Science Core Collection and 23 new countries. With access to historical content dating back to 2005, researchers can better identify potential research groups to collaborate with and also pinpoint their H-index, an author-level metric that measures productivity and publication citation impact. In addition institutions can access a more complete view of its impact vs. that of peers, and research funders can establish a more comprehensive understanding of research return on investment.

Launched in 2015, this new index was built in partnership with global and regional experts to capture journal content important to their regions and their research domains. The Web of Science editorial team, using its well established and exacting journal selection criteria to conduct a streamlined editorial process for inclusion in ESCI. Journals in ESCI are further eligible for a comprehensive follow-on evaluation for coverage in the Science Citation Index Expanded®, Social Sciences Citation Index® and Arts&Humanities Citation Index, which have rigorous evaluation processes and selection criteria. The Web of Science editorial team monitor all journals in the Web of Science to ensure quality standards continue to be met.

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University of Manchester selects ProQuest to digitise theses
- 30 Mar 2017

The University of Manchester has signed a two-year Digital Archiving and Access Program (DAAP) agreement with ProQuest to preserve and promote its world-class research. In the first year alone, ProQuest will digitise thousands of theses, improving worldwide access and preserving them for generations of researchers.

The discoverability and usage of dissertations can increase exponentially via the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global (PQDT) database, which is used at 3,000 universities worldwide. Enhanced with metadata created by subject matter experts, the content is disseminated by 35 major subject and disciplinary indexes.

DAAP is an efficient, cost-effective way to preserve the valuable output of graduate research undertaken at an institution. Digitization increases the visibility of research output within the academic community across a range of dissemination channels. In addition, development of a digital collection of dissertations and theses saves libraries time, reclaims space and reduces costs. ProQuest preserves the content in both analog and digital formats.

The DAAP agreement is an expansion of an existing relationship between the University and ProQuest. The company has been providing Manchester's students and researchers with access to expertly curated historical archives as well as supplying print and electronic books.

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