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Springer and Graz University Press announce new co-publishing agreement
- 22 Sep 2017

STM publisher Springer and Graz University Press (Grazer Universitätsverlag) have signed a new co-publishing agreement to publish co-branded books in English. Through this cooperation, the University of Graz Press will be able to provide its authors with international distribution via SpringerLink, where all content is made available electronically in a digital format. Springer will benefit from the addition of further influential titles to its comprehensive book programme.

The agreement encompasses research monographs, edited volumes, conference proceedings, briefs, handbooks, textbooks and encyclopaedias and other references - in all major disciplines covered by Springer Nature. The books will be co-branded with the Springer, Palgrave or Birkhäuser imprint (depending on the subject area of the publication) and Graz University Press.

Graz University Press (Grazer Universitätsverlag) publishes research findings of the university´s researchers as monographs and textbooks. It is part of the publication services of Graz University Library, and is the university's venue for print publications.

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Emerald Publishing names eminent economist team to edit new journal, The Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership
- 21 Sep 2017

Academic publisher Emerald Publishing has announced that the newly launched Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership (JPEO) will be edited by Richard B. Freeman, holder of the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University, and, Takao Kato, W.S. Schupf Professor of Economics and Far Eastern Studies at Colgate University.

JPEO is the first leading forum for new economics of participation, economic analysis of new participatory work practices and shared capitalism. It is the only mainstream journal for rigorous research on shared capitalism, employee ownership, profit sharing, gain sharing, and broad-based stock option.

JPEO is seeking to publish high quality research on original empirical and theoretical research in the broad area of employee participation and shared capitalism. Aimed at academics in economics and other relevant disciplines (e.g. human resource management, industrial psychology, sociology of work, political science, public policy analysis) and research-oriented practitioners and policymakers, the title will publish 15 papers across 3 issues from 2018, which will be made freely available throughout 2018 to allow greater visibility of authors' work.

The title welcomes methodological diversity, from theoretical economic modelling to sophisticated statistical analysis of observational data to experimental data analysis including both lab and field experiments to institutional and qualitative analysis.

Richard Freeman is currently serving as Faculty co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, and is Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. He directs the National Bureau of Economic Research / Sloan Science Engineering Workforce Projects, and is Co-Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities.

Takao Kato is W.S. Schupf Professor of Economics and Far Eastern Studies at Colgate University. He is also Research Fellow, IZA-Bonn; Research Associate, CJEB (Columbia Business School) and CCP (Copenhagen Business School and Aarhus University); Faculty Fellow and Mentor, SMLR (Rutgers); Research Fellow, TCER-Tokyo; and Senior Fellow, ETLA (Helsinki). Kato pioneered the econometric analysis of employee participation and innovative work practices of Japanese and Korean firms. While continuing to work in this area, he has also been studying corporate governance, executive compensation, and promotion tournament in Japan, Korea, China, and Denmark.

In addition, JPEO is endorsed by the Fellowship Program on Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, as well as the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP).

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PLA, ALA and OCLC partnership support renewed 'From Awareness to Funding' advocacy study
- 21 Sep 2017

The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, and OCLC have announced a partnership to produce an update to OCLC's 2008 report, 'From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America,' which explored voter attitudes and perceptions about library funding.

This landmark study was created to conduct research, develop strategies, create materials and evaluate the potential of marketing and communications programs aimed at increasing and sustaining funding for U.S. public libraries. It was one of the first to bring forward U.S. voter perceptions about library funding and library support that revolutionised library advocacy efforts, including: library support is only marginally related to library visitation; perceptions of librarians are an important predictor of library funding support; and voters who see the library as a 'transformational' force as opposed to an 'informational' source are more likely to increase taxes in its support.

As in 2008, Leo Burnett is conducting the national household survey, which will be fielded in the next month. The new survey will add questions related to federal funding for libraries, as well as additional response options related to library programs and services that have emerged in recent years. The new report is scheduled for release in early 2018.

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eLife and Collaborative Knowledge Foundation partner to deliver open-source submission and peer-review platform
- 21 Sep 2017

eLife and the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko) have announced a partnership to build a user-driven, open-source submission and peer-review platform.

eLife aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. The open-access journal eLife was the first step. The organisation also supports the development of open-source tools, technologies and processes aimed at improving the evaluation, discovery, sharing and consumption of scientific research.

Coko has a similar goal to transform how knowledge is created, produced and reported. It is committed to developing open-source solutions for research communication that foster collaboration, integrity and speed. By joining forces, the two organisations hope to accelerate progress in bringing a modern, fast and user-driven submission and peer-review system.

The platform will be designed to help streamline communications between authors, editors and reviewers at all stages of the submission and review process.

The new system will be developed to the latest standards of performance and efficiency, with an open modular architecture that others will be able to adapt to their own needs. This approach, similar to that taken with eLife's own publishing and hosting platform, Continuum, means that modules can be composed in different ways and reused across publishers more easily, and will allow eLife and others to continue building new features depending on user needs.

The system will also be an ongoing effort, developed in the open to allow the community to track, participate and share in the project.

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Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Montpellier joins Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées to become first French library network to select Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 21 Sep 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Montpellier (BIU, or Interuniversity Library of Montpellier) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution to optimise library management and discovery. Alma and Primo will replace the Aleph® integrated library system.

The BIU will be leveraging the tight integration between Alma and Primo to facilitate the management of the library's growing catalogue of electronic resources. The resulting streamlined workflows and enhanced discoverability will benefit patrons and librarians from the Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 and the Université de Montpellier as well as users from the Université de Nîmes, the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier, and the Institut Protestant de Théologie (Faculté de Montpellier), whose library systems are managed by the BIU.

Located in the south of France near the Mediterranean Sea, the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Montpellier is a network of 14 university libraries and associated libraries serving the entire academic community and supporting all disciplines taught at the universities of Montpellier to more than 65,000 students by 6,000 staff members. Library services include access to a collection of 1.5 million books and a vast range of electronic and digital resources.

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