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Collaboration essential for the future of the academic book, reveals Academic Book of the Future report
- 23 Jun 2017

Two major new reports demonstrate that the future of the academic book is at a crossroads with the number of new book proposals growing rapidly but sales per title continuing to fall. Researchers on the Academic Book of the Future project are recommending that academics and publishers work together to develop a new vision for the sector that embraces technology and focuses on enhancing the readers experience.

The findings of the two-year research initiative, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in collaboration with The British Library, and led by Dr Samantha Rayner (UCL), are unveiled in a Policy Report written by Dr Michael Jubb, together with a Project Report outlining the extensive activities and achievements of the project, authored by Professor Marilyn Deegan (KCL).

The reports highlight that although a willingness to collaborate across the different stakeholder groups is very positively proven by the outputs of the project, greater dialogue involving academics, libraries, publishers, sales agents, booksellers, intermediaries and beyond, in a context of rapid change and growing external pressures, is vital for sustaining vibrant scholarly communications in the arts and humanities in the future.

The report also stresses that, while there are already diverse examples of digital innovations transforming academic book publishing, more research is needed to understand reader behaviours in online environments, to capitalise on the true potential of digital technologies, and to address concerns around the preservation of digital texts.

The Academic Book of the Future project has produced a substantial range of outputs over the past two years, including the Project Report, Policy Report, numerous commissioned reports on specific issues, surveys, over 50 blog posts, formal articles and collections, BOOC (an innovative OA publication from UCL Press), Academic Book Week, the Academic Book of the Global South and much more. Additional background and resources can be found on the Academic Book of the Future website: https://academicbookfuture.org.

The full reports can be viewed at: https://academicbookfuture.org/end-of-project-reports-2/

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The Association of American Publishers welcomes judgment against 'Sci-Hub' pirate site
- 23 Jun 2017

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) welcomes the June 21, 2017 ruling of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York regarding the wilful infringement of scores of scholarly articles protected by copyright law. Ruling in favour of Elsevier, the publisher that brought the action, the Court entered a default judgment against Sci-Hub, the Library Genesis Project, and a number of related sites, and against the defendant operator.

The Court awarded Elsevier $15,000,000 in damages based on a representative sample of 100 infringed works and makes permanent a 2015 preliminary injunction that required U.S. domain name registries to suspend the defendants' U.S.-administered domain names. The award is the maximum damages award permitted by law and reflects the intentional nature of the infringements. It should be a deterrent to those who support or do business with illegal operators.

For years, Sci-Hub illegally accessed the secure computer networks of a large number of major universities by, among other methods, hijacking 'proxy' credentials, and compromising some 51 million protected works. Yesterday's decision confirms Elsevier's right to seek just restitution for the infringements it has suffered, and gives hope to the many smaller publishers, scientific societies, and authors who navigate bad actors on a daily basis.

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ACCUCOMS to represent the Company of Biologists in India, South-East Asia and Taiwan
- 22 Jun 2017

ACCUCOMS, an independent provider of services to academic and professional publishers, has announced that the Company of Biologists has signed a representation Agreement with ACCUCOMS to bring their journals to the Indian, South-East Asian and Taiwanese market.

ACCUCOMS is a worldwide provider of sales and marketing services to academic and professional publishers since 2004. ACCUCOMS brings today more than 50 different publishers' content to librarians.

Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publishing organisation with 5 high impact factor journals. Company of Biologists offers support to the biology research community by facilitating research through its publishing program and coordinating scientific meetings and communities.

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European Hematology Association launches new journal - HemaSphere
- 22 Jun 2017

The European Hematology Association, a Europe-based association of hematologists, has launched its new journal HemaSphere with publisher Wolters Kluwer at the 22nd Annual Congress of EHA in Madrid. HemaSphere will be under the editorial leadership of Co-Editors-in-Chief, Dr Andreas Engert of University of Cologne and Dr Jan Cools of KU Leuven.

HemaSphere is an open access journal dedicated to support hematology patient care, research and education worldwide. EHA's new journal intends to publish results of highly relevant basic, translational and clinical research in hematology. In addition to original research, it will also publish review and guideline articles, as well as insightful discussions of research and hematology news.

As the journal of the European Hematology Association, HemaSphere aims to be the premier hematology information resource, which is covered by the HemaTopics section in the journal. This section will present insightful discussions on all aspects related to hematology, including summaries of important articles, reports of new therapies, discussions on EU policy, and other hematology news items.

The journal is currently open for publications.

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Cambridge University Press and the Royal College of Psychiatrists announce new publishing partnership
- 22 Jun 2017

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) and Cambridge University Press have announced the formation of a new publishing partnership beginning in January 2018. The College's books and journals in the RCPsych portfolio - The British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych), BJPsych Open, BJPsych Advances, BJPsych Bulletin and BJPsych International - will join Cambridge's impressive psychiatry publishing programme.

The College's flagship title, BJPsych, a top tier international psychiatric journal, publishes original research papers, covering all branches of psychiatry. The journal seeks to improve the prevention, investigation, diagnosis, treatment and care of mental illness as well as the promotion of mental health globally.

Cambridge will also partner with RCPsych on their books programme. Over the past three decades the College has published a wide range of successful titles for psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, and the general public. Cambridge will now handle both the highly regarded backlist and also work with the College on forthcoming titles.

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