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Jisc and Elsevier in deal to support UK institutions with REF compliance and identify article metadata more effectively
- 27 Nov 2018

Jisc, a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing UK universities and colleges shared digital infrastructure and services, and Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, have signed an agreement setting out how they will work together to support institutions to comply with UK open access policies, as part of their Open Science partnership, agreed in 2016 as a component of the UK Elsevier ScienceDirect renewal.

Both Jisc and Elsevier share the goal of making academic research and its contribution to scholarship, education, and social and economic development visible, and to support the successful and efficient, implementation of funder open access policies. In particular, Jisc and Elsevier share a commitment to help institutions implement the open access eligibility criteria for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).

With timely access to Elsevier's ScienceDirect article and journal-level metadata, for example article acceptance date, embargo date, and grant/funder IDs, Jisc's Publications Router service will be able to support UK institutions more efficiently and comprehensively identify UK-published articles at various stages of the publication process. UK institutions will be able to access this metadata via Elsevier's APIs directly within their institutional repository or can get tailored feeds via the Jisc Publications Router. Subsequently, institutions can ingest metadata into library systems and repositories giving institutions greater insight into their researchers' publishing activities-empowering them to take steps to comply with open access policies.

Elsevier publishes 17 percent of UK authored papers. This agreement, therefore, marks a significant contribution towards helping UK universities identify publications and contribute towards REF compliance. This agreement boosts Router's input coverage of UK authored papers from 63 percent to 74 percent, taking into account some overlap with sources already used by Router.

Jisc and Elsevier anticipate that further opportunities for this kind of collaboration will be identified by the Jisc-Elsevier Open Science Forum, an additional outcome of the 2016 UK ScienceDirect agreement between Elsevier and Jisc Collections.

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Elsevier and the Russian State Public Library for Science and Technology sign National License Agreement for Scopus database
- 25 Sep 2018

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specialising in science and health, and the Russian State Public Library for Science and Technology have signed a National License Agreement (NLA) to provide more than 1,200 research and educational organisations in Russia with access to Elsevier's Scopus database. The collaboration aims to support Russia's growth in research output and quality and support the country's aim to further develop its knowledge-based economy.

Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, covering more than 71 million articles, books and conference papers, and draws its content from more than 23,700 journals published by 5,000 publishers. This comprehensive Scopus solution of which its data is also used for world university rankings including THE University Ranking and QS, will provide Russian researchers with access to world's quality scientific data and tools that will allow them to track and analyze global research trends, benchmark own results on an international level and find partners across the globe.

Additionally, access to Scopus will help increase the quality and visibility of Russian research output, enhance productivity of research workflow and will play an essential role in research strategy planning at all levels.

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Russian Foundation for Basic Research signs new agreement for continued access to Elsevier’s ScienceDirect
- 08 Aug 2018

A new agreement gives Russian researchers continued access to ScienceDirect - Elsevier's full-text platform of peer-reviewed scientific, technical and medical literature, with interactive tools to find the most relevant information.

The national license agreement provides coverage for nearly the entire Russian research community. It was signed by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), which has supported research and educational organisations in Russia by providing access to high-quality Elsevier journals for more than 10 years.

As an information analytics business, Elsevier continues to enhance ScienceDirect by creating tools and functionalities to help researchers improve their performance and stay informed about the latest developments in related fields. The platform contains more than 15 million publications from over 2,500 journals published by Elsevier and our society partners. The current subscription also includes access to 5,000 Elsevier books to support multidisciplinary research in 24 subject fields.

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Elsevier and the Conference of Italian University Rectors in deal for continued access to ScienceDirect
- 02 Aug 2018

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specialising in science and health, and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), have announced an agreement to provide access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature, for universities and research institutions across Italy.

Details of the subscription agreement were finalised at the end of June following negotiations held at the end of 2017, extending the current partnership between CRUI and Elsevier for the period 2018-2022. This 5-year agreement will enable more than 70 Italian universities and research institutions gain access to ScienceDirect, supporting researchers search, discover, read, and share scholarly literature.

CRUI and Elsevier have also initiated a pilot program that encourages Italian researchers to publish their articles open access in support of CRUI's open access ambitions.

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Wiley and the National Society of Genetic Counselors announce publishing partnership
- 30 Jul 2018

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) have announced a publishing partnership for the Journal of Genetic Counseling. The journal will transition to the Wiley Online Library platform following the publication of the November/December 2018 issue.

Journal of Genetic Counseling is the preeminent journal for the genetic counselling profession and has undergone tremendous growth since its inception in 1992. It is a bimonthly online journal with a worldwide readership. The primary goal of this scholarly journal is to promote the advancement of an evidence base relevant to the field of genetic counselling. As an official NSGC publication, the journal also provides a forum for dialogue on critical or controversial issues in the genetic counselling field.

NSGC, the leading voice for genetic counselling, was incorporated in 1979. Chicago-based NSGC serves to advance the roles of genetic counsellors in healthcare by fostering education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services. NSGC's vision is to integrate genetics and genomics to improve health for all by expanding and promoting the practice of genetic counselling. Wiley is proud to partner with the NSCG to advance the impact of genetic counselling research globally.

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Elsevier partners with Impactstory to make open access articles easier to find on Scopus
- 30 Jul 2018

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specialising in science and health, has announced a new partnership with Impactstory, a non-profit that creates online tools to make science more open and reusable. As a result of this partnership, researchers will soon be able to find open access content on Scopus more efficiently. Meanwhile, for university research offices, the expansion of OA-identified content in Scopus will enable improved strategic analysis and benchmarking.

The agreement will enable Elsevier to integrate document-level OA data from Impactstory's Unpaywall database with Scopus content; identification and tagging of Scopus' OA peer-reviewed articles will begin in August and roll out through November 2018.

Currently, Scopus users can filter search results to link to open access articles published in journals that are OA-only and which the publisher has proactively registered as OA through Crossref. Matching OA documents from Impactstory's Unpaywall database with Scopus content will increase the amount of OA-tagged content in Scopus to over 7 million records. This will improve navigation and allow for trend analysis of publication models across research subject areas and countries.

With this agreement, both the organisations' seek to work on initiatives that support open science, ensuring that institutions and researchers have the resources that best support their workflows and reporting needs.

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26,000 ScienceDirect ebook titles now available via OASIS
- 25 Jul 2018

ProQuest has announced that 26,000 ebook titles on Elsevier's ScienceDirect platform are now available through OASIS®, ProQuest's free web-based system for searching, selecting and ordering print and electronic books - giving its customers an additional way to acquire this sought-after content.

ScienceDirect is Elsevier's leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature. It joins a growing list of publisher and partner ebook platforms also available through OASIS - aggregator platforms like ProQuest Ebook Central, R2 Digital Library and EBSCO, and publisher platforms such as Cambridge Core, University Press Scholarship Online (Oxford), Wiley Online Library, Info-Sci (IGI Global), Taylor & Francis Ebooks, and World Scientific, De Gruyter and Karger. With the addition of publisher platforms, OASIS helps libraries simplify their acquisition workflows and offers them more choices for acquiring books.

Through the OASIS system, users enjoy access to one of the broadest curated print and ebook title databases in the industry. Their workflows are simplified through powerful collection management tools working with many acquisition models including demand-driven acquisition (DDA) and access-to-own (ATO) - and tight integrations with library management systems such as the Alma system from Ex Libris.

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Elsevier and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research sign national license agreement to provide Russian-based researchers access to ScienceDirect
- 17 Jul 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) have signed a national license agreement for research and educational organisations in the Russian Federation. This collaboration will provide Russian-based researchers with scientific information to support basic and applied research.

The new agreement provides coverage for nearly the entire Russian research community - allowing access to the world's research information, resulting in better research performance. For over 10 years, RFBR has supported research and educational organisations in Russia by providing access to high-quality Elsevier journals.

ScienceDirect is Elsevier's leading information solution for researchers and peer-reviewed scholarly literature, containing more than 15 million publications from over 2,500 Elsevier journals and prestigious society journals. The current subscription also includes access to 5,000 Elsevier books to support multidisciplinary research in 24 subject fields.

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Elsevier and Egyptian Knowledge Bank sign national license agreement for access to SciVal
- 01 Jun 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, has signed a national license agreement with the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) for access to SciVal, Elsevier's research management tool. The EKB now has quick, easy access to research data analytics of 9,400 research institutions located in 230 nations worldwide.

SciVal is a ready-to-use solution with unparalleled power and flexibility, enabling research institutions and government leaders to visualise research performance, benchmark relative to peers, develop collaborative partnerships and analyse research trends. Elsevier's analytic solution runs primarily on data from Scopus, the abstract and citation database of research information globally, covering more than 70 million articles, books and conference papers, and draws its content from more than 5,000 publishers covering 23,000 journals.

The inclusion of SciVal to the existing full-text content license agreement with EKB will help the ongoing Egyptian efforts to raise the quality of the higher education and better improve its impact on the society and on the country's performance in different fields. It will play an essential role in research strategy planning on the level of departments, institutions, and also on a country level.

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Wiley Online Library migrates to Atypon’s Literatum platform
- 28 Mar 2018

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has announced the migration of Wiley Online Library to Atypon's Literatum online publishing platform. This transition reinforces Wiley's commitment to enabling the success of its customers and partners while advancing research, discovery, and learning.

The new Wiley Online Library provides a best-in-class online experience for researchers, connecting them to the most relevant scholarly content to support their research goals. Wiley Online Library is home to one of the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collections of online resources, including content from life, health, physical, and social sciences, as well as the humanities. It supports and delivers access to over 6 million articles, 1,600 journals, 200 reference works, and 21,000 online books.

The migration to Literatum provides an optimised online research experience allowing users to discover and access the extensive breadth of scholarly content on Wiley Online Library. The new platform features predictive search and filters to quickly surface the most relevant content, prominent institutional branding, automated recommendations for related articles, and a fully mobile, responsive design and navigation supporting research on any device.

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Elsevier and Polish Universities Consortia Leader ICM in deal to provide nation-wide university access to SciVal
- 23 Feb 2018

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specialising in science and health, announced its agreement with the Polish Universities Consortia Leader, Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM), to provide nation-wide university access to SciVal, Elsevier's analytics solution to track and measure research performance.

Access to SciVal will enable university leaders and managers across Polish universities to analyse and visualise bibliometric research data for 8,500 research institutions across 220 nations. This supports them in their strategic planning, research assessment reviews and allows for tracking research performance and comparing with other institutions worldwide.

SciVal runs primarily on data from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of research information, covering more than 70 million articles, books and conference papers, and draws its content from more than 5,000 publishers covering 23,000 journals. SciVal also includes usage measures from both ScienceDirect and Scopus, patent-article citations, awarded grants and media mentions.

Access for the Polish scholarly community will be managed by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM) at the University of Warsaw.

Scopus and SciVal are part of Elsevier's Research Intelligence portfolio, its offering of solutions which support the three pillars of strategic research management: to enable, conduct and share research.

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South Korean universities reach agreement with Elsevier for access to ScienceDirect
- 17 Jan 2018

A consortium of hundreds of South Korean universities has reportedly reached a new deal with scientific publisher Elsevier for access to ScienceDirect, a database containing content from 3500 academic journals and thousands of electronic books. The agreement includes price hikes between 3.5% and 3.9%. The publisher had earlier pushed for a 4.5% increase.

The universities will be seeking more concessions in future negotiations. According to Lee Chang Won, secretary general of the Korea University & College Library Association, Elsevier should abolish the minimum flat rate system, in which these universities have to pay for digital content that nobody reads. The Korea University & College Library Association, together with the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE), leads the consortium.

In May 2017, the association, the council, and other groups formed a consortium to represent 300 university and college libraries in negotiations with 42 database providers. The group took a hard line on Elsevier's proposed rate hike and also sought concessions on charges for open-access publications and little-used journals included in the database. When talks hit an impasse at the end of the year, the group organised a boycott under which the schools refused to renew their contracts. Elsevier agreed to provide access while negotiations continued.

Individual universities will now have the option of a 1-year renewal at an increase of 3.9% or a 3-year contract with yearly increases of 3.5%, 3.6%, and 3.7% above the 2017 baseline. Schools are expected to start concluding contracts with Elsevier this week. The publisher has however agreed to continue to provide access to ScienceDirect until documents are signed.

Singapore-based Elsevier spokesperson Jason Chan has confirmed that the publisher reached an agreement with the South Korean consortium for access to ScienceDirect through 2020 and has agreed to continue to discuss future access options.

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One billion metadata facts now on Springer Nature SciGraph
- 19 Dec 2017

SciGraph, the Linked Open Data (LOD) platform launched by Springer Nature in March 2017, now holds over one billion metadata statements about content published by Springer Nature and links to established external datasets.

The LOD platform aggregates data sources from content published across Springer Nature covering an array of subjects and scientific disciplines. Its search and navigation functionality allows users to explore the connections between bibliographic metadata statements labelled by a range of categories including author, institution, fields of study, research grants, funders, conferences, locations. Citations, patents and clinical trials will be added in 2018.

The majority of these datasets are freely accessible and provided in a way that allows experts to analyse downloaded datasets using their own software, or by using the new SciGraph Data Explorer online. SciGraph has been developed to meet the needs of a variety of communities including metadata specialists, librarians, researchers and software and application developers.

SciGraph aligns with Springer Nature's wider efforts to make data open, accessible and reusable. Alongside SharedIt and Recommended - two other industry-leading initiatives recently launched by the publisher - SciGraph aims to connect people with the most relevant and important information that can advance discovery.

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Wiley and WFSJ partner to deliver science research and training to journalists
- 08 Dec 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. and the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) have announced a new partnership that provides access to scientific evidence to 57 member associations representing 10,000 journalists from around the world. The partnership provides journalists with access to the full collection of journals published on Wiley Online Library, on behalf of societies such as the American Cancer Society, the American Geophysical Union, Cochrane, and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). A new series of science training webinars hosted by The Wiley Network and WFSJ will be introduced in 2018.

Wiley Online Library hosts the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers integrated access to more than 6 million articles from more than 1,500 journals, which include some of the top titles in their respective fields.

Cochrane, an independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health, produces the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews which contains more than 10,000 systematic reviews and protocols. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians is ranked number one in oncology and Cancer is one of the most pre-eminent peer-reviewed titles in the field. The Journal of Geophysical Research, organised into seven disciplinary sections-most with impact factors of 3.0 or more, covers scientific research on the physical, chemical, and biological processes that contribute to the understanding of the Earth, Sun, and solar system and all of their environments and components. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers one of the foremost international journals of geographical research; and Reviews in Aquaculture, with an impact factor of 4.769 publishes peer-reviewed articles in aquaculture techniques, policies and planning.

Journalists must be active in one of the WFSJ member associations to access studies on Wiley Online Library. Representatives from Member Associations will provide access details to their members who request this benefit.

In 2018, WFSJ members will have access to a series of training webinars that look to increase journalists' understanding of best practices in scientific research. The series will also tackle some of the important global challenges, including extreme weather conditions, antimicrobial resistance, and access to food and water. The webinars will be led by some of the leading science experts with the goal of enhancing communication between researchers and journalists.

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Italian National Agency for University and Research Systems Evaluations selects Elsevier's Scopus data for national research assessment
- 19 Oct 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has announced that the Italian National Agency for University and Research Systems Evaluations (ANVUR) has selected Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed scientific literature, as its bibliometric data provider for the review and assessment process of a specific national research funding initiative, known as the Fund for Financing Basic Research Activities ("Fondo Finanziamento Attivita Base di Ricerca").

This funding project represents a first of its kind special initiative undertaken by the Italian government for which it is making an additional 45 million Euros available for research funding for Italian researchers. Throughout 2017, this is the largest sum of national funding which has been made available for allocation to researchers on a competitive basis.

ANVUR, as the Italian national government research assessment body, evaluates the quality of national research performance of higher education institutions against national and international benchmarks. The agency oversees different evaluation procedures, always based on the pillars of independency, impartiality, professionality, transparency.

Scopus is part of Elsevier's Research Intelligence portfolio, its offering of solutions which support the three primary pillars of strategic research management workflow: enable research, conduct research, and share research. Other solutions include: Pure, SciVal and Analytical Services.

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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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Elsevier launches ScienceDirect Topics to help researchers quickly build their knowledge and save valuable time searching
- 14 Sep 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, has announced the launch of ScienceDirect Topics - a free layer of content which provides a quick snapshot of definitions, terms and excerpts on scientific topics, built on Elsevier's highly trusted book content.

Research is becoming increasingly multi-disciplinary, requiring researchers and scientists to quickly come up to speed on topics outside their core scientific discipline. The time it takes to get up to speed on an ever expanding corpus of scientific topics impacts their productivity and workflow. ScienceDirect, Elsevier's leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature, has created these innovative new Topics pages and made it available for free to address these needs.

Researchers and scientists can access these pages directly from hyperlinked key terms in journal articles, or via searching on the site, to learn quickly about a topic without disrupting their research workflow. Science Direct Topics help researchers to quickly build their understanding of a scientific topic, learn and interpret scientific concepts and enhance their knowledge base across multiple disciplines quickly and efficiently, thereby improving their productivity.

ScienceDirect Topics will provide researchers with Quick Definitions - a short definition to explain a particular scientific topic or term; Related Terms - for those that want to explore interdisciplinary areas further; and Relevant Excerpts - comprehensive overviews on a topic, users can then explore further and decide to read relevant chapters in Elsevier books.

ScienceDirect Topics indexes 80,000 pages on Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience on search engines. This provides researchers, students and anyone interested in specific scientific topics with a free layer of information.

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Wiley announces publishing partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology
- 08 Sep 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has announced that it will publish the Journal of Periodontology and Clinical Advances in Periodontics on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), effective in 2018.

This agreement will see the journals move to the Wiley Online Library platform and the conversion of Clinical Advances in Periodontics from its current e-only format to a full print publication distributed to all AAP members. Wiley and the AAP also announced that Pharmaceutical Media, Inc. (PMI) will provide full-service advertising sales support for both journals as well as other AAP content assets.

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that specialises in treating the supporting tissues of the teeth and in the placement, maintenance, and treatment of dental implants. The Journal of Periodontology has published research advancing the science and practice of periodontics since 1930. Clinical Advances in Periodontics was launched in 2011 with a defined focus on the translation of scientific knowledge into clinical application.

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Wiley Content Sharing launches across Wiley Online Library
- 01 Aug 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of Wiley Content Sharing across its research portfolio. The launch follows a successful trial that began in early 2017. Wiley Content Sharing facilitates collaboration by allowing authors and subscribers to share free-to-read full-text articles with non-subscribers. This new functionality will be available to all journals on Wiley Online Library.

In addition, Wiley Content Sharing provides the public with greater access to research when following links from selected media outlets globally. During the four-month trial Wiley Online Library users shared more than 7,000 links to articles. Upon launch, Wiley Content Sharing will be available to more than 1,700 journals from across Wiley's portfolio.

Wiley Content Sharing enables authors and subscribers to share their work with their peers as well as non-subscribers, including over social media, scholarly collaboration networks and email. Wiley Content Sharing also provides the public with greater access to research through its media sharing capabilities. Popular outlets such as The Daily Mail, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters were included in the pilot alongside specialist sites such as Medscape, Nature and ScienceMag.

Wiley Content Sharing was initially piloted across 180 Wiley journals in early 2017. The four-month trial saw positive results from a global audience, including users in United States, Singapore and Australia. Wiley Content Sharing is powered by ReadCube technology.

Wiley supports the legitimate sharing of research and is a signatory to the Voluntary principles for article sharing on scholarly collaboration networks.

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The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and Wiley announce publishing partnership
- 31 May 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has been selected by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) as its publishing partner for its distinguished publication, the AORN Journal. This agreement will see the journal move to the Wiley Online Library platform in January 2018.

The peer-reviewed, award-winning AORN Journal advances the AORN mission by publishing the latest in evidence-based research, clinical practice, education, and leadership guidance that are necessary to achieve the best possible outcomes for surgical patients.

AORN represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing evidence-based research, education, standards, and practice resources—including Guidelines for Perioperative Practice - to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. AORN's 41,000 registered nurse members manage, teach, and practice perioperative nursing, are enrolled in nursing education, or are engaged in perioperative research.

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Wiley and Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute announce publishing partnership
- 24 May 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc. and Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) have announced plans to collaborate on the publication of the ETRI Journal. The journal's archives will move to Wiley Online Library and will be published by Wiley starting with the August 2017 issue.

Self-published since 1993, the ETRI Journal is one of Korea's longest-running English language journals. The scope of the journal covers information technologies, telecommunications, and electronics, and is published bimonthly.

Sanghoon Lee, current President of ETRI, serves as the Head Editor and Publisher of the ETRI Journal. He is an IEEE Fellow and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

The journal will adopt the ScholarOne submission system, and over the next few years will take advantage of the numerous digital enhancements offered by Wiley such as the Anywhere Article, as well as its integration with key partner platforms like ReadCube, Altmetric, Publons, and Kudos among others.

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Springer and ABES sign landmark eBooks agreement
- 03 May 2017

STM publisher Springer and ABES (agence bibliographique de l'enseignement supérieur) have signed a national license which gives access to four complete eBook collections. The agreement entitles French researchers to use one of the world's largest scientific and technical eBook collections, available on Springer's platform SpringerLink.

The agreement provides access to over 33.000 eBook titles in Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Materials Science, and Engineering which have been published up to the year 2013 as part of Springer's historical and contemporary collections. The national license includes unlimited eBooks usage, access and downloads. It was funded by the ISTEX (Excellence Initiative for Scientific and Technical Information) project for digital resources for France's universities and Public Scientific and Technical Research.

ISTEX is part of the 'Investments for the Future' program initiated by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research (MESR).

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Springer Nature’s new semantic platform with Linked Open Data to serve the needs of the research community
- 13 Mar 2017

Publisher Springer Nature is giving a boost to researchers with the launch of its new Springer Nature SciGraph. The new Linked Open Data (LOD) platform aggregates data sources from Springer Nature and cooperating partners, making it easier to analyze information related to Springer Nature publications. With the implementation of Springer Nature SciGraph, Springer Nature seeks to strengthen its role in connecting people with the most relevant and important information so that more can be learned and discovered. Following SharedIt and Recommended, Springer Nature SciGraph is now the third in a series of industry-pioneering initiatives launched by Springer Nature in the past six months.

Springer Nature plays a strong and progressive role in enabling the research community to take full advantage of all that open research offers. The publishing group is now in the vanguard of LOD providers in the science publishing industry and has assumed a leading role among open data publishers and open research supporters.

Springer Nature SciGraph collates information from across the research landscape, such as funders, research projects and grants, conferences, affiliations, and publications. Currently the knowledge graph contains 155 million facts (triples) about objects of interest to the scholarly domain. Additional data, such as citations, patents, clinical trials, and usage numbers will follow in stages, so that by the end of 2017 Springer Nature SciGraph will grow to more than one billion triples. The vast majority of these datasets will be freely accessible and provided in a way to enable experts to analyze downloaded datasets using their own machines, or via exploration tools on the Springer Nature SciGraph website which is being continuously enhanced.

Whether you want to understand which conferences are taking place in subject areas with rising funding, or discover which Springer Nature articles cite your colleagues, or analyze the distribution of authors by country in a given field of interest, Springer Nature SciGraph openly provides the necessary data.

The new platform is also the result of an intense and fruitful collaboration with Digital Science, which supported the development of core infrastructure functionalities. Digital Science, Unsilo and InfoChem are contributing to the project by providing high-quality and reliable datasets. In addition, Ontotext provides a reliable semantic graph database that offers fast data loading and efficient data updates. To engage with the Linked Open Data research community and to encourage re-usage of this newly created dataset, Springer Nature will organise a hackathon in London in the second quarter of 2017. Furthermore, the dataset will be published prior to this event to allow the exploration of the various connections of Springer Nature's publications.

Springer Nature SciGraph's lead data architect Michele Pasin and semantic technology vendor Ontotext will be giving the joint presentation explaining Springer Nature SciGraph features and its technical approach at the London Book Fair on March 14, 2017 at 10 am.

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Elsevier in deal to provide University Office CRIS system IRMA access to Scopus data
- 07 Feb 2017

University Office, an international leader in research management and administration applications and solutions, and STM publisher Elsevier have announced an agreement to provide the University Office CRIS system IRMA (Integrated Research Management Application) with access to data from Elsevier's Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

The agreement allows University Office customers with a subscription to Scopus to import bibliographic records from Scopus, via an automated process, into their IRMA CRIS system. IRMA is a web-based integrated research management system, which allows the comprehensive management of an organisation's research.

The automated import will increase the quality and speed of internal data aggregation and analysis, such as Information real-time information on author publications, citations and author's h-indexes.

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Wiley launches content sharing pilot providing greater access to research
- 07 Feb 2017

Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. has announced the launch of a content sharing pilot on Wiley Online Library. Content sharing will facilitate research collaboration by providing authors and subscribers with a simple tool for sharing free-to-read full-text articles with non-subscribers.

In addition, the pilot will provide the public with greater access to the latest research discoveries when linking to Wiley articles from over 50 media outlets globally. The author sharing pilot will launch for all journals across the Wiley portfolio. Subscriber and media sharing will be piloted with 180 titles. The pilot is another step in Wiley's mission to support researchers and make sharing easier for all.

Author sharing will enhance the author experience by enabling authors to share their full-text research with their peers as well as the free-to-read version with non-subscribers. Following on from the launch of Wiley's new Author Services site in December, author sharing underscores Wiley's commitment to providing a dynamic authoring experience and supporting authors throughout the life of their paper.

Media sharing will enable media outlets and their readers to link from coverage of research news through to the free-to-read original study on Wiley Online Library. Media sharing will increase public engagement with important research taking readers beyond the news headline to the original findings.

Subscriber sharing will enable subscribers to share full-text free-to-read articles with non-subscribers on Wiley Online Library. This includes sharing research via email, social media and on Scholarly Collaboration Networks that are signatories to the Voluntary Principles for Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks. Subscribers include individual and institutional users with a license to Wiley journals.

Author and subscriber sharing are already underway with media sharing soon to follow. The pilot will run into the first half of 2017 and help Wiley assess how users interact with the service.

The content sharing initiative is powered by ReadCube technology.

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Quertle and Elsevier collaborate to integrate ScienceDirect full-text searching within new artificial intelligence discovery tool
- 06 Feb 2017

Quertle, developer of the first artificial intelligence (AI) biomedical big data discovery platform (BioAI™) for biomedical literature, and STM publisher Elsevier have announced that searching of the full-text biomedical and life science content on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's leading information source with over 14 million publications, will be integrated into Quertle's artificial intelligence discovery product Qinsight™.

Because traditional search methods often produce long lists of irrelevant results, users can be overwhelmed and miss pertinent documents. Semantics, natural language processing and other AI-based methods have failed to appreciably address these issues. In contrast, Qinsight uses biomedically-optimised neural networks and other AI methods to simulate how an expert's brain discovers the most relevant information, discerns critical facts and discovers key concepts. Qinsight also provides advanced visual analytics to summarize results, predict trends, and discover hidden connections within the literature. The ScienceDirect content will provide a significant expansion to the more than 40 million authoritative documents (including more than 10 million full-text documents) already searched in Qinsight.

The full-text content from ScienceDirect is projected to be searchable in Qinsight in the first quarter of 2017 as an add-on module to every Qinsight subscription. Viewing non-open access full-text documents will be possible for users affiliated with institutions subscribing to ScienceDirect.

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STM Online services to grow, says new Simba Information report
- 02 Feb 2017

Media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information has released a report, STM Online Services 2016-2020, according to which, online services continue to be the fastest growing of all content delivery segments, faster than journals and much faster than books.

Before elimination of trading between publishers, STM online services are estimated to have grown 3.6% to $5.8 billion in 2016, and are expected to deliver a similar pace of growth annually to 2020.

The online services market is well positioned as it is comprised of electronic content and tools that scientific, technical and medical professionals rely on to conduct research quickly and accurately. The driving force for this market is to increase speed and productivity by imbedding information into a professional's workflow.

Growth rates for online services, which were sky high at the start of the decade have levelled off considerably, but are still growing faster than other STM publishing activities. Book and journal publishing have been the backbone of the industry, but those businesses are in transition due to the growth of the open access movement and challenges such as book piracy. Competitors see online services as a key to driving future growth.

Must have specialist databases like Inspec and PsycINFO have long driven this market. However, libraries and institutions buy multiple databases and their users are after answers regardless of their origin. Even the largest content owners Clarivate and Elsevier have responded by striking deals to add third-party content discoverable through a single search. Publishers large and small have benefited reaching a larger global market, but there are secondary effects. Platforms will be able to leverage not only their owners’ content and licensed content, but the growing body of data made open under funder mandates.

All of the top STM publishers—Clarivate Analytics, Wolters Kluwer, Elsevier—are well into a strategy focused on electronic media and workflow solutions. True online services are not derivatives of existing book and journal content. They are stand-alone services. Publishers have also begun adding user-generated content, such as blogs and wikis, as well as social networking capabilities.

STM Online Services 2016-2020 breaks the online services market into two categories—abstracting and indexing services (A&I) and online content. Simba provides market sizing for A&I and online content in both the scientific and technical and medical segments. These market slices are forecast to 2020. Competitor coverage includes: Clarivate Analytics, Wolters Kluwer, IHS Markit, Elsevier, American Chemical Society, EBSCO, Truven Healthcare Analytics, ProQuest, Hearst Health Network and Pearson.

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Qatar University Library collaborates with Elsevier to improve coverage and discoverability of published research by Qatar University authors
- 04 Oct 2016

Qatar University Library and STM publisher Elsevier have announced their collaboration to maximize visibility, impact and dissemination of articles published by QU faculty and researchers.

Through Elsevier's ScienceDirect APIs, QUL's institutional repository (QSpace) now receives an automated feed of metadata, abstracts and embargo end date information for all articles published in Elsevier journals by Qatar University authors.

In addition, QSpace is the first institutional repository to use DSpace plug-ins which have been developed by Atmire. These plug-ins facilitate easy integration of ScienceDirect APIs within a repository.

Qatar University is preparing to roll out the integration for all ScienceDirect articles written by QU authors.

In the next phase, Qatar University and Elsevier will add an online reading version of accepted manuscripts within QSpace. This means that all QSpace users will be able to read full-text versions of articles. Users not affiliated with institutions subscribing to ScienceDirect will be able to view post-embargo accepted manuscripts.

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Panama Government in deal with Elsevier to add ScienceDirect and ClinicalKey to ABC Scientific Library Program
- 12 Jul 2016

STM publisher Elsevier has announced that Access to Scientific Literature (ABC), the Scientific Library program sponsored by Panama's Ministry of Health and Ministry of Science and Technology, has selected Elsevier's ScienceDirect and ClinicalKey.

With this two-year collaboration agreement, the country's researchers and health and academic institutions will have access to content and digital resources on scientific and clinical literature. This collaboration will also increase the number of entities with access to this information, on the different areas of knowledge.

The ABC programme allows many institutions and entities in Panama to have access to ClinicalKey and ScienceDirect, impacting the number of research outputs and helping to increase the national research capacity while strengthening the quality of education and social services in Panama.

Elsevier and the National Secretariat of Science Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) share a common goal to improve the development of scientific, clinical and technology area in Panama, thereby putting an end to inequality and promoting equitable research and R&D in healthcare.

Panama appointed Elsevier as a key partner to achieve its goals, including providing access to the most updated and high-quality information solutions in health, technology and science.

According to Gerrit Bos, Executive Vice President, EMEALA-APAC, Elsevier Health, Elsevier will continue incorporating new features for ABC to continue contributing the quality of higher education and health services in Panamá.

ClinicalKey provides evidence-based clinical answers drawn from the single largest body of clinical content available, including over 600 journals, more than 1100 books, drug information, guidelines, patient education and Medline. The Smart Search enables ClinicalKey to understand clinical terms and thus discover the most relevant medical content and find related content often missed by other search engines. ClinicalKey is optimised for any mobile device, making it more convenient to search and validate on-the-go.

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Elsevier, PaperHive collaboration to enable users to access, share and annotate content from ScienceDirect database
- 01 Jun 2016

STM publisher Elsevier will collaborate with Berlin-based scientific collaboration platform PaperHive to enable researchers to easily discover, share and annotate the over 12 million articles on ScienceDirect, the world's largest database of scientific, technical and medical full-text content.

PaperHive will integrate the ScienceDirect Application Programming Interface (API) to enable their users to search through full-text ScienceDirect articles - the official versions of record - from the PaperHive platform, and will enable sharing and annotating. Unique to the PaperHive approach, compared with most other sharing tools, is that it will not host the ScienceDirect articles themselves, but rely on the ScienceDirect API to deliver the article to PaperHive users.

The integration is fully compliant with the STM principles for article sharing, as it will enable users to share the best available version of an article, while ensuring Elsevier can track readership statistics that enable article recommendations and reporting to authors and customers. The collaboration will include access to all 12 million+ content items on ScienceDirect.

PaperHive is an integrated web platform for collaborative reading and a cross-publisher layer of interaction on top of research documents. The Berlin-based startup strives to make efficient collaboration the driving force throughout the entire research process, thus helping researchers to save time, get inspired by the contributions of others, and get in contact with future collaborators. After starting with arXiv PaperHive is continuously extending the content that can be read and discussed on its platform by integrating with other publishers and pre-print repositories.

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University of Florida collaborates with Elsevier to maximize visibility, impact and dissemination of research articles by UF authors
- 20 May 2016

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) and Elsevier have embarked on a pilot project to maximise visibility, impact and dissemination of articles by UF researchers that have published in Elsevier journals. Article links and metadata will be automatically delivered to UF's institutional repository (IR@UF) through ScienceDirect application programming interfaces (APIs) that are freely available to libraries.

Among UF authored articles, the largest portion is published in Elsevier journals, and they represent a large share of citations. For Elsevier, this pilot provides an opportunity to get a better understanding of information and content presentation requirements of institutional repositories. Combined, these facts made it a natural choice to collaborate.

ScienceDirect shares article metadata and links to the full text directly within the institutional repository, so the university's output is more easily found by users. Users can access the published article on ScienceDirect which enables tracking and reporting of article usage and reach. Linking back to the full article on ScienceDirect also means that users add to overall aggregated data of the article which is helpful for both the author and the institution. These aggregated data would not be available if different versions of the article existed across multiple platforms.

The automated population of the repository is applicable for both open access and subscription articles. Open access articles, which are available to everyone, are identified by an indicator in the search results.

The full article on ScienceDirect is available to all users of IR@UF that have access to ScienceDirect, not only those affiliated with UF. In instances where users are not entitled to access ScienceDirect, articles can be accessed through an interlibrary loan request, or options to purchase the article are specified.

In the next phase, the University of Florida and Elsevier will work together to also embed accepted manuscripts within IR@UF. This means all IR@UF users will be able to read a full-text version of the article - the final published version of the article for entitled users and the post-embargo accepted manuscript for other users. Indexing will be based on the full text.

Looking ahead, this approach holds opportunity to scale to other libraries and publishers. This could potentially happen via organisations such as CHORUS - a nonprofit organisation that facilitates a simple compliance process, optimised search and dashboard services, and multi-party archiving and preservation capabilities - and SHARE - an initiative of the Association of Research Libraries, Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

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Five Russian universities gain access to Elsevier’s research information management system – Pure
- 04 Mar 2016

STM publisher Elsevier will collaborate with five Russian universities, providing these institutions with access to Pure, a comprehensive research information management, networking and expertise discovery system.

Saint Petersburg State University, Ural Federal University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Far Eastern Federal University, and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University have selected Pure to enable evidence-based decisions, promote collaboration, simplify administration and optimize impact.

The Elsevier Research Intelligence is a comprehensive research information management portfolio which improves the ability to establish, execute, and evaluate research strategies. The portfolio includes the new-generation SciVal tool, the Pure system, and our custom Analytical Services, as well as rich data assets like Scopus, and the reference management technology of Mendeley. Elsevier Research Intelligence enables research organisations, funders, policy-makers, and individual researchers to make better decisions, improve collaboration, attract investment, and optimise expenditure - all to enhance research strategy, execution, and performance.

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Elsevier launches new metrics on SciVal to help institutions measure the economic impact of their research
- 01 Mar 2016

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of new metrics to help measure the economic impact of research within SciVal, Elsevier's tool to analyze and benchmark the world of research, and part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio of tools and services.

The new indicators are aligned with SciVal's mission to provide a wide range of metrics to analyse and evaluate different aspects of research. With funding bodies and evaluation exercises, such as the UK's Research Excellence Framework, putting researchers under increasing pressure to demonstrate the impact of their research, these new metrics help provide that evidence. The release brings patent-article citations to SciVal along with the inclusion of publication views data from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, throughout the tool.

Patent-article citations from five of the world's largest patent offices will help provide a proxy for innovation and the potential with which the knowledge from that research can be transferred to industry.

The inclusion of Scopus views data provides additional insights into the activities of 'non-publishing researchers,' a group that makes up approximately one-third of all researchers. These researchers do not cite articles, so usage metrics provide valuable insights into the research behaviour of an impactful group of researchers that may otherwise remain 'hidden.'

The product team has enlisted the help from a number of SciVal customers from around the world to beta test the new metrics in this release.

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Elsevier and ICPSR announce data linking between research articles and datasets
- 09 Feb 2016

STM publisher Elsevier and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), a leader in providing curated research data to the behavioral and social science community, have implemented two-way linking between research articles and datasets.

Over 400 Elsevier journals will offer direct linking options with datasets in ICPSR. These behavioral and social science datasets become discoverable through corresponding research articles on ScienceDirect. This allows researchers to access underlying research data immediately while reading the research paper, and potentially reuse the data for their own experiments. Vice versa, research articles on ScienceDirect can also be accessed directly from within the ICPSR datasets providing additional information to place the data into context.

ICPSR stores, curates, and provides access to scientific data so others can reuse it or validate research findings. ICPSR maintains over 9,200 studies associated with nearly 73,000 datasets representing over 40 scientific fields and disciplines. Linking these datasets and corresponding documentation to the articles using these data for analyses is critical in the effort to support research transparency and encourage additional research discovery.

Article-data linking is one of the pillars of Elsevier's initiatives for sharing research data. Elsevier collaborates with more than fifty data repositories, and is continually looking to collaborate with other relevant organisations.

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Innovative open access agreement between Springer and Jisc to benefit UK researchers
- 23 Oct 2015

Researchers in the UK will now be able to publish their articles open access in over 1,600 Springer hybrid journals without cost barriers or administrative barriers. The Springer Compact agreement is a pilot that combines open access publishing and subscription access in one annual fee and will run from October 2015 until December 2018.

The transformative agreement between Springer and Jisc, a charity which provides digital solutions for UK education and research, will make it easier for UK researchers to publish open access and ensure that all articles published comply with HEFCE's Research Excellence Framework, RCUK's open access policy and other major funders such as the Charity Open Access Fund. At the same time, for institutions, the total cost and administrative burden of open access publishing and continuing access to the 2,000 Springer subscription journals are significantly reduced.

Over the lifetime of the deal, Jisc and Springer will continue to monitor and evaluate the arrangement to ensure that it continues to meet UK higher education institutions' needs and funding compliance requirements as the open access environment evolves.

Jisc, a registered charity, offers digital services and solutions for UK education and research with the goal of making the UK the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. Teaming up with those in higher education, further education and the skills sectors, Jisc provides trusted advice and support. It works to reduce sector costs across procurement negotiations and shared network, digital content and IT services, ensuring that the sector stays ahead of the game with research and development for the future.

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Palgrave Macmillan titles join SpringerLink and the Springer Book Archives
- 19 Oct 2015

Palgrave Macmillan and Springer have decided to align their eBook collections, collating all Palgrave Connect eBooks on SpringerLink and adding thousands more to the Springer Book Archives, as a result of the recent combination of Macmillan Science and Education and Springer Science+Business Media to create Springer Nature.

Starting with the 2016 collections, all titles that would have been available on Palgrave Connect will be integrated into the Springer eBook collections. As a result, there are now 10 new eBook collections focusing on the humanities, social sciences and business, management and finance disciplines.

Benefits of the integration of SpringerLink and Palgrave Connect for future Palgrave Macmillan titles include the use of Bookmetrix™ showing relevant data about all eBooks on SpringerLink with regards to usage, readers, citations and mentions in social media. Titles will also be listed in authormapper.com, helping librarians and their patrons to map out where research is concentrated globally. In addition, users from licensed institutions will also be able to purchase MyCopy versions of Palgrave Macmillan titles. MyCopy is a digitally printed softcover edition of the eBook at a flat fee of only 24.99 (EUR/USD/GBP/CHF).

The full integration is currently being executed, and will be complete in the first quarter of 2016.

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Annual Outsell STM Market Size and Share Report indicates strong industry performance
- 03 Aug 2015

Research and advisory firm Outsell, Inc. has announced publication of its annual Scientific, Technical & Medical Information: 2015 Marsket Size, Share, Forecast, and Trend Report. Growing at a rate of 3.6% over 2013, the $33.7 billion STM market comprises an impressive 4.4% of the total information market.

In this report, Outsell identifies the significant issues and trends facing key players, including Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Springer Science + Business Media (now Springer Nature), and Thomson Reuters, in addition to their competitors and their markets, providing analysis of this important sector of the information industry. It provides a description of the industry, its competitive landscape, disruptive forces, and companies, as well as Outsell's industry forecast.

According to Deni Auclair, VP & Lead Analyst, the STM industry has recovered from the economic downturn of 2008-09 and is turning the page on a new era of growth, innovation, and refined business models. Researchers are a key focus for new products and services, along with open access, big data, and analytics, driving the market to develop previously unimagined offerings and pointing to more steady growth.

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Elsevier launches new article metrics module in abstract and citation database Scopus
- 31 Jul 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has launched a new Scopus module that will provide metrics for articles indexed in Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

The Article Metrics Module enhances the value of Scopus for researchers by enabling them to make quick decisions around articles based on a summary of authoritative research metrics. In addition, researchers will be able to more easily benchmark articles (including their own) against similar works without compromising the speed of their workflow.

For any given Scopus article page, citation and alternative metrics are displayed in both a quick view sidebar and a full details dashboard.

For the alternative metrics, Scopus has introduced the Snowball Metrics standard definitions which are: Scholarly Activity - Downloads and posts in common research tools such as Mendeley and CiteULike; Social Activity - Mentions characterized by rapid, brief engagement on platforms used by the public, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google +; Scholarly Commentary - Reviews, articles and blogs by experts and scholars, such as F1000 Prime, research blogs, and Wikipedia; and Mass Media - coverage of research output in the Mass Media (e.g. coverage in top tier media).

In addition to displaying the established metric of Field-Weighted Citation Impact, Scopus has introduced new percentile benchmark metrics for citations, Scholarly Activity, and Social Activity. These benchmarks show how citations or activity received by this article compare with the averages for articles of the same discipline, age, and document type.

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Wiley joins list of document suppliers for FIZ AutoDoc´s pay-per-view option
- 29 Jul 2015

Wiley, the international scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, has announced that it will be available as a new document supplier for FIZ AutoDoc´s pay-per-view option. Thus, articles from nearly 1,600 Wiley journals, hosted on Wiley Online Library, can now be ordered and downloaded immediately via FIZ AutoDoc.

Wiley Online Library hosts the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to, amongst others, over 6 million articles from nearly 1600 journals.

If your ordered journal article is electronically available on Wiley Online Library, the corresponding link is generated. In this case you may purchase the original document directly from Wiley in PLAIN PDF format using FIZ AutoDoc's 'Purchase Now' button. The costs for the full-text document will be added to your monthly FIZ AutoDoc invoice.

Benefits of FIZ AutoDoc's pay-per-view option include immediate availability of the document; best publisher quality; PLAIN PDF format, i.e., no DRM; and lower priced than documents delivered via classic document suppliers.

With the addition of the major publisher Wiley, FIZ AutoDoc's popular and cost-efficient direct download option is now available for journal articles from more than 10,000 e-journals.

Other scientific publishers with whom the company has direct pay-per-view agreements are: ACS, Bentham, Elsevier, Future Science Group, Informa Healthcare, Karger, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Oxford University Press, Springer, and Thieme. In addition, FIZ AutoDoc offers pay-per-view access via TIB Hannover, e.g., for journal articles of Taylor & Francis, RSC, IEEE, AIP etc.

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Journals on mathematics education and industrial mathematics join SpringerOpen
- 09 Jul 2015

SpringerOpen is now co-publishing two journals from the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences: Mathematics-in-Industry Case Studies and Fields Mathematics Education Journal. Both open access journals' article-processing charges are covered by the Fields Institute, thereby removing all barriers to reading and publication.

The Fields Institute is an international center for research and training in all areas of the mathematical sciences and their applications. It is located on the University of Toronto campus. Until this year both journals were published by the Fields Institute and articles were hosted on their website. It was decided that the journals would be published by SpringerOpen to increase their visibility and potential audience.

Established in 2008, Mathematics-in-Industry Case Studies aims to meet the publication needs of the mathematics community, which works on problems that are important to industry. Its central theme is the stimulation of innovative mathematics, statistics, and related computational methods, by the modelling and analysis of such problems across engineering and the physical, biological and social sciences. The emphasis will be on case studies drawn from actual applications of mathematics to industrial problems. Huaxiong Huang, York University, Canada, and Chris J. Budd, University of Bath, UK, act as the journal's editors-in-chief. They are supported by an internationally renowned editorial board.

Fields Mathematics Education Journal was first published in 2014. It has the aim of providing open access to the range of themes that attract the attention of the mathematics education community internationally. The journal's editors-in-chief are Donna Kotsopoulos, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and Dragana Martinovic, University of Windsor, Canada. They are also supported by an internationally renowned editorial board.

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Elsevier and US National Cancer Institute implement reciprocal linking between research articles and datasets
- 09 Jul 2015

STM publisher Elsevier and the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) have implemented two-way linking between research articles on ScienceDirect and datasets stored in NCI's cancer Nanotechnology Laboratory (caNanoLab) data portal. The NCI is part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

caNanoLab provides facilities for the submission and retrieval of information on well-characterised nanomaterials, including composition, physico-chemical and in vitro/in vivo characterizations, and protocols. This resource, developed by NCI, is designed to support information sharing across the international biomedical nanotechnology research community to expedite and validate the use of nanotechnology in biomedicine. As such, caNanoLab provides publically accessible cancer nanotechnology data and enables the sharing of non-public data between established collaboration groups.

Reciprocal linking between data portals and scientific literature ensures that the core research output - research data - is easy to find and can be reused by other researchers who want to build upon previous work. Scientific and biomedical research datasets stored in the caNanoLab data portal are currently accessible through research articles from ten Elsevier journals available on ScienceDirect and vice versa - the research articles can also be accessed from the datasets in caNanoLab.

Reciprocal linking between articles and data is one of Elsevier's initiatives for sharing research data. Elsevier collaborates with more than forty data repositories, and is continually looking to collaborate with other relevant organisations.

The ten Elsevier journals with reciprocal caNanoLab-ScienceDirect linking are: Biomaterials, Cancer Letters, European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Journal of Controlled Release, Materials Science and Engineering: C, Nanomedicine, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Toxicology Letters, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (with more journals to come soon).

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Elsevier and Ex Libris collaborate to offer automated updates to subscribed e-content
- 19 Jun 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced an expanded collaboration with library automation services provider Ex Libris. The collaboration will enable mutual customers of Elsevier's ScienceDirect and the Ex Libris Alma® library management solution and SFX® OpenURL link resolver, to benefit from a fully automated workflow that will keep the library full text access levels up to date for both journals and books.

Using the ScienceDirect Admin Tool, librarians will trigger the automated feed through a one-time activation process. The library's entitlements will then be continuously updated in the Ex Libris knowledge base that underlies Alma and SFX. With the automatic updates, libraries will be able to increase the accuracy and timeliness of full-text links to their subscribed content for the benefit of their users. Furthermore, the up to date e-content will improve the library's collection development and acquisition decision-making processes.

This collaboration is part of ScienceDirect's ongoing effort to make Elsevier content seamlessly accessible and discoverable in third-party applications, ensuring an efficient management, search, and discovery experience. The automated update capability supports Ex Libris' strategy to provide libraries with efficient tools for managing their local holdings in the Ex Libris global knowledge base.

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SpringerOpen expands Japanese society open access journals portfolio
- 04 Jun 2015

Surgical Case Reports is now being published by SpringerOpen and it will soon be joined by JA Clinical Reports and IPSJ Transactions on Computer Vision and Applications. The addition of these journals to the portfolio adds to the growing number of Japanese society open access journals published by SpringerOpen in fields such as clinical medicine, life sciences and computer science.

Surgical Case Reports is an official journal of the Japan Surgical Society. Hideo Baba from Kumamoto University, Japan, acts as Editor-in-Chief for the journal. Surgical Case Reports aims to contribute to the progress of surgery by providing clinicians and researchers with an educational forum in which to disseminate their personal experiences and novel treatments to a wide readership. This will be done through the publication of interesting and rare cases encountered by colleagues worldwide.

JA Clinical Reports will begin publication later in 2015 and will be led by Michiaki Yamakage, Sapporo, Japan. It will act as a sister journal to the successful Journal of Anesthesia also published by Springer. Both journals will be affiliated with the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists. JA Clinical Reports will focus on publishing case reports which remain an important aspect of the medical literature, and are needed for education and the cultivation of knowledge in the field of anesthesia.

These two journals add to the growing number of Japanese society open access journals published by SpringerOpen, and will soon be joined by the computer science journal IPSJ Transactions on Computer Vision and Applications to be published in partnership with the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ). The journal will be led by Yasushi Yagi from Osaka University. IPSJ hopes to strengthen the journal’s international presence by publishing with SpringerOpen.

BioMed Central also adds to the number of Japanese society journals with the following being published this year: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences (Japanese Society of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences), Zoological Letters (Zoological Society of Japan), Genes and Environment (Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society) and Renal Replacement Therapy (Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy).

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U.S. National Science Foundation selects Elsevier data to support its Science and Engineering Indicators
- 30 Apr 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Scopus bibliometric data, and LexisNexis patent data as primary source to support its biennial Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) report. The NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) will use Elsevier's data in support of the next SEI report which will be released in 2016.

The NSF's NCSES completed a competitive evaluation under an open bid process and chose Elsevier as the primary data provider for their 2016 report; Elsevier is providing the Scopus bibliometric database and LexisNexis patent data for Science and Engineering Indicators and other analytical uses.

The SEI report provides a broad base of quantitative information about US science, engineering, and technology. It is widely acknowledged to be the definitive source of information on macro trends in the US research funding, output, and performance. American universities and colleges use data from the SEI report for their strategic planning and performance benchmarking of national and institutional comparators. Although the SEI report is policy neutral and does not make policy recommendations, many policymakers rely on the report to support discussions on science and research funding.

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Springer and Altmetric launch Bookmetrix, a new platform for book impact
- 14 Apr 2015

STM publisher Springer has become the first publisher to offer title and chapter level metrics across all of their books via a new platform, Bookmetrix. Developed in partnership with metrics provider Altmetric, the data captured via Bookmetrix is displayed on the book pages on Springer’s content platform SpringerLink and reports how often an individual book or chapter is mentioned, shared, reviewed or read online.

Updated in real-time, the data is intended to provide an accurate representation of the current reach, usage, and broader impacts of each book or chapter for all authors, editors and readers.

Also available via Papers, the reference manager, Bookmetrix provides book and chapter level metrics via a detailed book overview page, which is made up of five tabs: citations, online mentions, readers, reviews and downloads.

The Citations tab shows the number of citations on both book and chapter level, based on data collected by CrossRef. The Mentions tab uses data provided by Altmetric to show users how the book/chapter has been discussed, mentioned or shared in online sources including public policy documents, mainstream news outlets, blogs, and a variety of social networks. The Readers tab offers information on how many people have saved the book/chapter in their Reference Manager, including their country of origin and occupation. The Reviews tab displays excerpts of book reviews known to Springer. The Downloads tab displays both the monthly and total download figures for the book/chapter as recorded via SpringerLink.

The application to register Bookmetrix for a trademark is pending, and the book and chapter level data for all Springer titles is now available via the Papers and SpringerLink platforms.

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AMI Software and Elsevier in deal to integrate Scopus Data into AMI Enterprise Intelligence
- 20 Mar 2015

STM publisher Elsevier and market intelligence solutions provider AMI Software (AMI) have announced an agreement to provide AMI Software's core product AMI Enterprise Intelligence (AMI EI) with access to data from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, with smart tools that track, analyze and visualize research.

The AMI-Elsevier agreement allows AMI customers, with a subscription to Scopus, to import bibliographic records from Scopus, via an automated process, into AMI EI. This allows them to significantly improve the quality and the relevance of their online monitoring and data collecting projects, expanding on their capabilities of online information analyses and distribution.

Scopus contains more than 56 million records and 21,900 titles from 5,000 international publishers covering scholarly content in all disciplines: science, technology, medical, social sciences and arts and humanities. It is expected that this added data will significantly strengthen AMI Software and will be directly available, by API, as new data source within the AMI EI platform.

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Elsevier launches SciVal Trends, a new module within SciVal
- 26 Feb 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of SciVal Trends, a new module within SciVal, Elsevier's tool to analyse and benchmark the world of research, and part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio of tools and services.

The Trends module builds on SciVal's existing flexibility to define and analyse user created research areas – for instance, by key words or discipline, at a journal, institution or country level – based on citation and publication data from Scopus. The novel functionality in the Trends module is that it now includes research analyses based on usage data drawn from both Scopus and ScienceDirect. With approximately one-third of all researchers classified as not-publishing, and therefore not-citing, usage metrics provide valuable insights into research behaviour of an impactful group of researchers that may otherwise remain 'hidden.'

Combining these functionalities – citation, publication and usage data – the SciVal Trends module provides a new, full set of research-strategic, analytical markers for its users, which can, among others: visualise growing and declining topics in user created research areas; target popular research papers at country, institution and/ or author level; analyse research performance with new metrics, including: Views Count, Views Per Publication and Field-Weighted Views Impact; and highlight relevant and frequently occurring keywords or phrases within research areas through word cloud visualisations.

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John Wiley & Sons launches ReadCube Connect on Wiley Online Library
- 18 Feb 2015

Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. has announced the launch of ReadCube Connect on Wiley Online Library. ReadCube Connect brings a new, innovative online reading experience, offering readers a wealth of information and article enhancements to the standard PDF.

ReadCube's reading platforms, used by over 8 million readers worldwide, brings to the Wiley Online Library popular features including: hyperlinked in-line citations, annotation tools, clickable author names, and direct access to supplemental content. With this information at their fingertips, it is now easier than ever for researchers to discover, access, and interact with scientific literature.

As part of Wiley's partnership with ReadCube, the majority of journal articles on Wiley Online Library will be available in Enhanced PDF format. Features will include hyperlinked in-line references for easy linking to related articles; clickable author names, providing information on the author's other works; all available article supplements and related materials available for instant viewing; an expandable information panel with article details, a summary, a figure browser, social sharing options, altmetrics, and a full reference list; and annotation and highlighting tools.

While reading an Enhance PDF, readers can save the enhanced article and any annotations made to the ReadCube Cloud Library, which enables offline access from ReadCube's free desktop and mobile applications. ReadCube Desktop offers additional features to help researchers organise their academic literature, rapidly discover and access articles, discover new research via personalized recommendations and build manuscripts with the SmartCite citation tool.

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Times Higher Education and Elsevier partner to provide data behind THE's flagship World University Rankings and its global university performance analyses
- 20 Nov 2014

Times Higher Education (THE) and Elsevier have announced a partnership to provide the data behind the THE's flagship World University Rankings and its global university performance analyses.

The methodology of the global rankings will be broadly preserved. The rankings will continue to use the most comprehensive and balanced performance indicators to evaluate universities across all of their core missions, including research, knowledge transfer, international outlook, and - uniquely - the teaching environment.

However, research publication data will now be drawn from Elsevier's Scopus database. Scopus claims to be the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed academic literature. With this data source, THE will be able to analyse more research activity from a greater number of institutions, including those institutions from emerging economies that account for a growing portion of research. THE will also use SciVal, Elsevier's research metrics analysis tool, to continue to innovate its research performance metrics and analysis.

Going forward, all institutional data collection, previously outsourced to Thomson Reuters, will be expanded and carried out by a dedicated team of data analysts at THE. This will underpin the THE World University Rankings, as well as supplementary rankings such as the THE 100 Under 50, the THE Asia Rankings and the THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings (from 2015).

THE and Elsevier also launched the annual global academic reputation survey. This survey provides data for the World University Rankings and the World Reputation Rankings, to provide the most detailed picture yet of the world's leading universities, judged by those who best understand excellence in teaching and research: the scholars themselves.

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Elsevier adds five new subject areas to its Legacy eBook Collection on ScienceDirect
- 07 Oct 2014

STM publisher Elsevier has added five new subject areas to its Legacy eBook Collection on ScienceDirect. The Legacy Collection consists of digitised, classic scholarly book content, now including nearly 13,000 books. The new subject areas are arts and humanities; computer science; economics, econometrics and finance; immunology and microbiology; and mathematics. In addition, there are newly digitised books in the engineering and the biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology collections.

The Legacy Collection includes books with contributions from notable authors like leading business management thinker Peter Drucker, and Nobel Laureates such as Lev Davidovich Landau, George Olah, Peter Diamond and Sir Frank McFarlane Burnet. For the first time, the books in the Elsevier's Legacy Collection are also being made available to more than 70 third-party ebook distributors. Customers can purchase these revived titles through online retailers or through library ebook service providers.

Many of these newly digitised foundational books in the Legacy Collection were difficult to find in print or out-of-print altogether. Now the content is fully integrated on ScienceDirect, which enables digital searching and deep reference linking on this important historical reference material. This allows libraries to complete collections and expand holdings without the burden of locating or borrowing.

For those attending the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 8-12, Elsevier will be on hand to discuss the Legacy Collection in Hall 4.2, Stand P33. Hall 4.2 focuses on specialist information, science technology and medical (STM) and academic publishing.

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Elsevier releases Pure 5.1, makes Elsevier Research Intelligence tools Pure and SciVal interoperable
- 03 Oct 2014

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the release of Pure 5.1, an enhanced version of its leading research information management system, and part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio of integrated tools and services.

The release of Pure 5.1 improves its benchmark and research impact analysis functionalities through deep integration with SciVal. Pure customers with access to SciVal are now able to benefit from the benchmark capabilities of SciVal from within the Pure research management platform. These functionalities include the ability to easily select any group of Pure articles and seamlessly analyze them in SciVal.

Users will benefit from SciVal's powerful analytics engine, allowing for more comprehensive comparison of research against peers, entire subject areas and institutions. In addition, a range of SciVal research impact metrics will also be visible for Scopus articles included in Pure.

Elsevier Research Intelligence is an integrated research information management portfolio that improves institutional and individual ability to establish, execute and evaluate research strategy and performance. Combining SciVal tools, the Pure system and custom Analytical Services with the rich data asset Scopus and the reference management technology of Mendeley, Elsevier Research Intelligence equips research institutions, funders, policy-makers and researchers with a wide range of content, tools, and powerful analytics.

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Australian Research Council selects Elsevier’s Scopus for ERA 2015 assessment
- 16 Sep 2014

STM publisher Elsevier recently announced that the Australian Research Council (ARC) has selected Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed scientific literature, as the bibliometric provider for its 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. This is the third consecutive time Scopus has been chosen as the sole citation provider for ERA.

ERA is an Australian Government initiative which evaluates the quality of research undertaken among Australia's higher education institutions against national and international benchmarks. The published ERA National report will provide insights for the identification and promotion of research excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in the country. It aggregates information about discipline-specific research activities at each individual institution, as well as information on the contribution of each discipline and each institution to the national research landscape.

Ratings in the ERA National Report are determined and moderated by committees of distinguished researchers, drawn from Australia and overseas.

The results for the first full round of ERA were published in early 2011. This was the first time Australia conducted the assessment to take stock of its research discipline strengths and identified areas for development. The results of the second round of ERA were published in 2012.

The ERA 2015 assessment will open for submissions on October 1, 2014 for all participating Higher Education providers. Further details about ERA 2015 and the key documents are available from the ERA section on the ARC website.

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Elsevier announces inclusion of a Simplified Chinese user interface to Scopus
- 24 Jun 2014

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of a Simplified Chinese user interface to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The interface enables Chinese users to search and discover scientific literature in their local language.

In addition to the localised interface, all Scopus help files have been translated into Simplified Chinese to ease product understanding amongst users. Customers in mainland China are now able to find the research information they are looking for more efficiently and to expand beyond Scopus' basic search functionalities to utilise more advanced features such as alerts, the Journal Analyzer and the Analyze Results functionality. For librarians in China, the localised interface will improve both their ability to train users on Scopus and the usability of Scopus.

According to Christopher Yeow Tze Yian, Elsevier's Science & Technology Research Solutions Sales Director for China mainland, Hong Kong and Macao, this local-language interface will help Chinese users accelerate the pace of their research, conduct analysis and determine their research strategy in a more efficient and effective way. Similarly, the Simplified Chinese interface supports researchers to efficiently gain information critical to developing their academic careers.

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Elsevier launches new enhanced version of Pure, improves research networking and funding discovery capabilities
- 17 Jun 2014

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of Pure 5, an enhanced version of its leading research information management system, and part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio of tools and services.

The release of Pure 5 improves the system's research networking capabilities resulting from the integration of SciVal Experts into Pure earlier in the year. Current SciVal Experts customers can at the same time benefit from the advanced reporting, administration and CV modules provided by Pure.

The launch of Pure 5 further includes increased researcher visibility, targeted funding opportunities and prepopulated researcher profiles.

Elsevier Research Intelligence is a research information management portfolio that improves institutional and individual ability to establish, execute and evaluate research strategy and performance. Combining SciVal tools, the Pure system and custom Analytical Services with the rich data asset Scopus and the reference management technology of Mendeley, Elsevier Research Intelligence equips research institutions, funders, policy-makers and researchers with a wide range of content, tools, and powerful analytics. Elsevier Research Intelligence helps individuals and institutions make better decisions, improve collaboration, attract more investment and optimise expenditure.

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Elsevier unveils optimised mobile version of ScienceDirect
- 14 May 2014

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of an optimised mobile version of ScienceDirect, its leading full-text scientific database.

The updated mobile version of ScienceDirect now allows researchers to read journal articles on mobile devices through a specifically designed interface offering high readability and a streamlined page layout. Users of ScienceDirect that access journal articles on a mobile device will automatically be directed to a dedicated page which offers an online experience tailored for mobile use. The mobile view is designed around how people work when they use mobile devices, including simple browse, scan, read or save-for-later features. The mobile view is also built with high performance principles to counter the high latency, low bandwidth and limited processing power of mobile devices.

The updated mobile version of ScienceDirect has been designed based on user feedback and consultation. Users want focused and fast access to articles, with easy reading and navigation that keeps resizing, panning and scrolling to a minimum. The mobile version of ScienceDirect now supports fast navigation, access to similar results, easy access to references, the ability to view tables and a pinch-to-zoom feature. Users can also choose to open articles as a PDF and can export articles to Mendeley, RefWorks, and in BibTeX format, among others.

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Kazakhstani research community to benefit from access to Scopus and continued access to ScienceDirect
- 15 Apr 2014

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has signed a license agreement with the National Center for Scientific and Technical Information (NCSTI) to make key Elsevier resources available to the entire Kazakhstani research community.

The agreement, signed on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Education, provides more than 400 Kazakhstani academic and research institutions with access to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and ensures continued access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for research literature. Through this access agreement, Kazakhstan aims to strengthen its position in the international scientific community.

ScienceDirect is home to almost one-quarter of the world's peer-reviewed full-text scientific, technical and medical content. Over 15 million researchers, health care professionals, teachers, students and information professionals around the globe rely on ScienceDirect as a trusted source of nearly 2,200 journals, almost 900 serials and 25,000 book titles. ScienceDirect supports research and education with interactive elements in articles such as audio, video, graphs, tables and images, and offers tools so users can easily set alerts. Content on ScienceDirect also features embedded links to external datasets, including earth and environmental science data from PANGAEA, abstract and indexing data from Scopus and chemical reactions data from Reaxys. With almost 12 million content pieces available - including pre-publication release of articles and open access content from Elsevier journals - ScienceDirect is a premier platform for discovering the world of research.

Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians internationally; and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software.

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Elsevier and MyScienceWork collaboration allows users access to wealth of full text articles outside of ScienceDirect
- 03 Apr 2014

STM publisher Elsevier has announced its collaboration with scientific social network MyScienceWork on a pilot initiative to enable researchers to easily share and discover over 11 million articles through MyScienceWork.

The pilot will allow MyScienceWork users to read, annotate and share articles from ScienceDirect within the MyScienceWork interface among each other. The articles on MyScienceWork will be presented the same way as users find them on ScienceDirect: full text published articles will be available to those affiliated with ScienceDirect subscribers and Open Access articles will be available to all.

The pilot includes access to all of the content on ScienceDirect: over 12 million content items from over 2,200 journals and 26,000 book titles.

MyScienceWork is a social network based on the open access concept of providing researchers and the general public free access to scientific knowledge. Through its centralized communication platform, MyScienceWork offers more than 31 million publications, expert's profiles, jobs offers, events and scientific news. The project is based on one major principle: associate content with visibility with a single click.

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Scopus launches Cited References Expansion Program for archival content
- 28 Mar 2014

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Scopus has launched its Cited References Expansion Program to include cited references in its database going back to 1970 for pre-1996 content.

In addition to increasing the depth of Scopus' scholarly content, including cited references for pre-1996 content will make citation data more accurate, therefore expanding the ability for users to perform long-term, extensive bibliometric and historic trend analyses. Moreover, author profiles and h-index counts of researchers who published articles prior to 1996 will be more complete.

By 2016, an estimated 8 million articles will be enhanced to capture cited references for pre-1996 content; this improvement will first become evident in Scopus in the fourth quarter of 2014. The content added as part of the Cited References Expansion Program is included in the standard annual subscription fee.

Scopus, which claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians internationally; and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software.

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Mendeley Readership Statistics now available in Scopus
- 12 Mar 2014

Scopus, Elsevier's abstract and citation database, has announced a new feature that will show users the Mendeley readership statistics of a specific article. The beta version of Mendeley readership statistics went live on March 7, 2014. This new feature shows how many times Mendeley users have downloaded a specific article to their libraries. Additionally, it also shows a demographic breakdown by discipline, academic status and country of origin.

These statistics appear on the Scopus Documents Details pages for which at least one Mendeley user has saved the document in their collection – if no one has saved it, the feature will not appear to Scopus users (similar to how Altmetric for Scopus works). When it does show, there is a link out to view the record on Mendeley.

As a complement to traditional citation metrics, Mendeley readership can demonstrate alternative types of academic influence. The most read article on Mendeley, "How to choose a good scientific problem" (Alon, 2009), has received five citations in Scopus but has 54,629 readers on Mendeley! Furthermore 23 percent of users with this article in their library are PhD Students. This appears to demonstrate that this article has a much larger impact than that captured by citations alone (retrieved March 6, 2014, view in Scopus / view in Mendeley).

Additionally, some early research into the relationship of Mendeley readership with traditional citations has found evidence supporting that Mendeley readership counts correlate moderately with future citations.

Scopus has shown the total Mendeley readership as well as other alternative metrics in the Altmetric for Scopus widget since June 2012. By adding the demographic breakdown of Mendeley readers, Scopus expands its role as the abstracting and citation database that demonstrates the most comprehensive view of an article's impact.

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Springer partners with Università degli Studi di Palermo to publish new English-language book series
- 05 Mar 2014

STM publisher Springer has entered a partnership with Università degli Studi di Palermo to publish a new English-language book series.

The UNIPA Springer Series is a unique cooperation that will showcase research from five core disciplines: medicine, biomedicine and life sciences; engineering and physics; mathematics, statistics and computer sciences; business, economics and law; and human, behavioral and social sciences. The topics addressed may come from one specific research field or have a multidisciplinary approach.

UNIPA Springer Series will offer peer-reviewed scientific research in a broad range of publications including monographs, edited volumes, handbooks, advanced textbooks, conference proceedings, professional books and SpringerBriefs. All publications in the series will be available as eBooks on the online platform SpringerLink and in print format. The series is managed by an editorial board made up of researchers from the University of Palermo and international key opinion leaders appointed by Springer. Academics from the University of Palermo as well as other universities around the world can publish their work in the series.

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Over 600 public research and higher education institutions in France gain access to ScienceDirect Freedom Collection
- 11 Feb 2014

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the Couperin Consortium have come to a new agreement that provides researchers at over 600 public research and higher education institutions in France access to the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection content for five years. ScienceDirect is Elsevier' full-text database of more than 2,200 peer-reviewed journals, 900 serials and 25,000 books.

The Couperin Consortium is a network of research and higher education institutions and other organisations that evaluates, negotiates and arranges the purchase of electronic library resources for its members. The previous access agreement between Elsevier and Couperin encompassed 147 member institutions. With the support of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Couperin worked with Elsevier to extend access to researchers across all public and higher education institutions that fall within the scope of the ministry.

After several months of intensive coordination, Elsevier and Couperin reached an agreement that provides access to over 2,200 Freedom Collection journals on ScienceDirect and is fully based on electronic content. The agreement adds new qualitative advantages for the French researcher community, taking into account several of the requests from the involved French stakeholders.

Over the next five years, Elsevier, Couperin, the Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Supérieur (ABES), and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research have agreed to have annual meetings about the evolution of Elsevier's content and platform in terms of volume, usage, platform functionality, and changes in the French research landscape.

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California Digital Library and Elsevier renew contract for next 5 years
- 03 Feb 2014

The California Digital Library (CDL) has announced that it has completed a favourable negotiation with STM publisher Elsevier to renew the ScienceDirect journals for 2014-2018.

ScienceDirect is the largest journals package for co-investment by the UC libraries with over 1200 titles. A number of high value Freedom Collection (unsubscribed) titles will be moved into subscribed status with perpetual rights. Selectors from nine campuses worked together to choose the list of titles to swap.

As part of the final agreement, CDL has purchased Elsevier's 2014 ebook frontlist (858 titles, excluding health sciences) and one year of trial access to the Scopus database on behalf of all campuses.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including some 50 million records, 21,000 titles and 5,000 publishers, and includes tools to track, analyse and visualise research.

A dedicated task force reporting to the Systemwide Collections Licensing Subgroup (CLS) has been working to evaluate Scopus and provide input to CLS on the merits of this resource. Each campus library will make its own decision on how to evaluate Scopus locally and will soon have a local contact person in place to arrange for training and answer questions. The campuses will decide by next fall whether to make a formal purchase of this resource.

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Springer adds altmetrics information to all articles available on SpringerLink
- 30 Jan 2014

STM publisher Springer has added altmetrics information to every article available on SpringerLink, the publishing company's online platform. The data is provided by Altmetric, a London-based start-up which tracks and analyzes the online activity around scholarly literature. The addition of this feature makes the alternative metrics that measure the impact of research (or, "altmetrics") more readily available to users by adding it to the abstract page for every article. This information is also visible to anyone visiting SpringerLink, not just those with access to full text articles.

Altmetrics are fast becoming an important measure to researchers as they look to get a more dynamic understanding of how their research is being used and referenced. Rather than using only the traditional measures of an article's citations, altmetrics allow scientists to see where their work is being discussed and shared in the social web. Providing these alternative measures of an article's impact is another way Springer is looking to add more value not only for users, but also for authors.

The number of shares for any given article will now be listed alongside citations on articles' abstract pages on SpringerLink. While the "citations" link will redirect users to springer.com, the "shares" link will send users to Altmetric where they can dive into the discussions around any given piece of research.

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Springer begins 2014 with two major accomplishments
- 23 Jan 2014

Springer started 2014 by announcing two major accomplishments. The publisher completed its Springer Book Archives (SBA), a four-year project to digitise nearly every book it had published from the 1840s to 2004. While the company originally anticipated that around 100,000 books would be part of this effort, more than 110,000 titles were included. Also, due in large part to the addition of those books in the SBA, SpringerLink – Springer's online content platform – surpassed eight million documents for the first time.

Every title slated for inclusion in the pioneering Springer Book Archives had been digitised and made available for students, researchers and libraries by early 2014. The SBA project began in 2010 and the product was officially launched in January 2013 at the American Library Association's Midwinter meeting. Rudolf Diesel, Werner von Siemens and Emil Fischer are counted among those authors whose works have become part of this precedent-setting endeavour.

The addition of these important scientific titles to the rest of Springer's offerings helped push the content available on SpringerLink to more than eight million documents. These resources include journal articles, book chapters, reference work entries and protocols. SpringerLink users can also download entire eBooks at one time, in addition to chapter by chapter – another new feature added in 2013. Passing this threshold means that more high-quality Springer content is available to researchers and students than ever before.

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Springer expands open access activities in South Korea, in deal for two new SpringerOpen journals with Korean partners
- 22 Jan 2014

STM publisher Springer is intensifying its open access activities in South Korea by signing agreements for two new SpringerOpen journals with the Korean Geotechnical Society (KGS) and the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles (KSCT). Starting in January 2014, both research societies will start publishing their official journals with Springer.

Fashion and Textiles, a newly launched journal, is the official publication of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles. The double-blind, peer-reviewed international journal is dedicated to promoting scholarly exchange among academic and industrial researchers in the field of fashion and textiles. The multidisciplinary scope of the quarterly journal includes the areas of textile science and technology, clothing science and technology, economics of the clothing and textile/fashion business, and fashion design and history.

The multidisciplinary International Journal of Geo-Engineering (previously published as the 'International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering') provides a forum to discuss the knowledge and experience of geoengineering from fundamentals to cutting-edge technologies. It covers the broad area of academic and practical aspects of geoengineering, including environmental geomechanics, engineering geology, geoenergy development, and the latest experimental, analytical and numerical methods.

With these additions to the SpringerOpen program, Springer is strengthening its publishing portfolio in Korea. Springer currently co-publishes 49 Korean society journals, of which seven are open access journals. The Korean book program comprises 50 new book titles from Korean authors per year.

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Springer and Italian Society of Endocrinology announce five-year collaboration to publish Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
- 15 Jan 2014

STM publisher Springer and the Italian Society of Endocrinology (Società Italiana di Endocrinologia/SIE) have agreed to a five-year collaboration to publish the monthly Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, starting in January 2014 with Volume 37.

Available exclusively in electronic format on SpringerLink, the journal is the official journal of the society. It was formerly published by the Italian publisher Kurtis.

The Journal of Endocrinological Investigation reports on all fields of endocrinology and metabolism research, including neuroendocrinology, andrology, and gynecological, pediatric and geriatric endocrinology, Topics such as thyroid disorders, obesity and diabetes are covered. Both clinical, translational and basic original studies are published, as well as opinions, commentaries, reviews, clinical practice guidelines, position statements and letters to the editor. Targeted are endocrinologists, diabetologists and andrologists, both in clinical practice and research.

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Elsevier unveils new generation SciVal
- 08 Jan 2014

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of the new generation SciVal. SciVal will allow research organisations to analyze the world of research, enabling them to establish, execute and evaluate their research strategies by revealing insights based on Scopus data. Users can benchmark their research performance accurately and meaningfully against any other institution or group of researchers in the world.

The research landscape is facing increasing globalisation and competition, and there is growing recognition and evidence for the role that scholarly research plays in driving sustainable economic development. All academic, government and industrial research facilities are experiencing greater pressure to optimise their resources to excel in unique ways in an increasingly crowded market place. The current international research economy is so vast and complex, with more than 7 million researchers worldwide, that an evidence base is increasingly required to supplement insights drawn from personal knowledge and peer review.

To serve research institutions better in generating hard facts to support their evidence-based decision making, Elsevier has fully integrated the analytical capabilities of its first generation SciVal solutions, SciVal Spotlight and SciVal Strata, and has enhanced the tools to make them more comprehensive and intuitive.

The new tool enables users to configure, visualise and export information according to their personal needs and preferences, so that they can benchmark with meaning and accuracy to understand their position relative to their peers, as well as relative to global and domestic standards. The results can be used to help answer the enormously diverse questions that are increasingly faced in the management of research, such as identifying research strengths, uncovering current collaborations and finding potential new partners, and enabling scenario modelling. The results are also a powerful communication tool to showcase the distinctive strengths of research institutions to students, academics and funders.

This broad range of needs is addressed by SciVal providing unprecedented flexibility and power to view and analyse vast amounts of data, quickly, and to generate charts and tables on-demand. This is enabled by Reed Elsevier's High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) Systems, one of the most advanced technologies available in the area of deriving analytics from big data to address large-scale, complex challenges. Users of SciVal can query more than 75 trillion metrics values, refreshed every week, as well as define their own entities on-the-fly.

SciVal is part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio of products and services which serve research institutions, government agencies, and funders.

An opportunity to experience SciVal, and to hear insights and experiences first-hand from some of its earliest adopters, will be offered by webinars on January 14, 2014. Participants will be able to register for exclusive personal access for one week following the session.

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Springer and the American Thoracic Society join forces on the book series Respiratory Medicine
- 20 Dec 2013

STM publisher Springer and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) have entered into a partnership to collaborate on the book series Respiratory Medicine. Springer will hold editorial responsibility, but will work with the ATS to develop new topics for books. Members of the society will have free access to the eBooks in the series on SpringerLink and be eligible for discounted prices of the print versions on Springer's website. The series includes 20 books with about 15 in development. The first volume was published in 2009.

The books in the series Respiratory Medicine offer clinical and research-oriented resources for pulmonologists and other practitioners and researchers working in respiratory care. Spanning a broad range of issues in respiratory medicine, the series covers topics such as COPD, asthma and allergy, pulmonary problems in pregnancy, molecular basis of lung disease and sleep disordered breathing.

The series editor is Dr. Sharon Rounds, Professor of Medicine and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University in the US.

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Elsevier and the Russian Foundation of Basic Research announce agreement to provide funding experts with access to Scopus
- 17 Dec 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has reached an agreement with the Russian Foundation of Basic Research (RFBR) to provide its funding experts with access to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Furthermore, an additional 50 RFBR research institutes will receive access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for research literature.

With a total of 200 RFBR research institutes now having access to ScienceDirect and funding experts having access to Scopus, this one-year license agreement aims to increase the visibility and quality of Russian scientific research. This should further improve Russia's research ranking position and support a more qualified and efficient grant assigning program.

Scopus features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from nearly 21,000 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians internationally; and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software.

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ScienceDirect now includes 25,000 science and technology books
- 16 Dec 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that ScienceDirect now includes 25,000 science and technology books. This increases the depth and breadth of Elsevier's book content available on the platform. The 25,000th book published and added to the database is Fukushima Accident: Radioactivity Impact on the Environment by Pavel Povinec, Katsumi Hirose and Michio Aoyama.

Fukushima Accident discusses the impact of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident on the radioactivity of the total environment, as well as lessons learned on a global scale. Lead author, Dr. Pavel Povinec, is a professor of nuclear physics at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, From 1993 to 2005 he led the Radiometrics Laboratory of the International Atomic Energy Agency Environment Laboratories in Monaco. He has edited and contributed chapters to several other Elsevier books, and has published more than 250 Elsevier journal articles.

Fukushima Accident is available on ScienceDirect and also on the Elsevier Store.

ScienceDirect is home to almost one-quarter of the world's peer-reviewed full-text scientific, technical and medical content. Over 15 million researchers, healthcare professionals, teachers, students and information professionals around the globe rely on ScienceDirect as a trusted source of nearly 2,200 journals, almost 900 serials and 25,000 book titles. ScienceDirect supports research and education with interactive elements in articles such as audio, video, graphs, tables and images, and offers tools so users can easily set alerts.

Content on ScienceDirect also features embedded links to external datasets, including earth and environmental science data from PANGAEA, abstract and indexing data from Scopus and chemical reactions data from Reaxys. With almost 12 million content pieces available - including pre-publication release of articles and open access content from Elsevier journals - ScienceDirect is a premier platform for discovering the world of research.

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Elsevier in deal with Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University to expand access to scientific publications
- 02 Dec 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has reached an agreement with Russia's Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) to grant access to ScienceDirect's Journal Backfile Collection and e-Book Collection as well as Reaxys® to its researchers. In addition, Elsevier will host two of FEFU's open access journals on ScienceDirect.

FEFU plays a key role in the Russian government's objective to strengthen the economic position of the Russian Far East region. FEFU contributes to this objective by providing its researchers with access to Elsevier's historical journal content (prior to 1995), e-Books and Reaxys, a workflow solution for chemistry researchers, aiming to increase scientific output to become a research hub for the Far East region in Russia and adjacent countries. By also committing to publishing two of FEFU's journals on ScienceDirect through its Production & Hosting (P&H) program, Elsevier aims to help to increase the university's scholarly influence in the global scientific landscape.

ScienceDirect is home to almost one-quarter of the world's peer-reviewed full-text scientific, technical and medical content. Over 15 million researchers, healthcare professionals, teachers, students and information professionals around the globe rely on ScienceDirect as a trusted source of nearly 2,200 journals, almost 900 serials and close to 22,000 book titles. ScienceDirect supports research and education with interactive elements in articles such as audio, video, graphs, tables and images, and offers tools so users can easily set alerts.

Content on ScienceDirect also features embedded links to external datasets, including earth and environmental science data from PANGAEA, abstract and indexing data from Scopus and chemical reactions data from Reaxys. With almost 12 million content pieces available - including pre-publication release of articles and open access content from Elsevier journals - ScienceDirect is a premier platform for discovering the world of research.

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Qatar National Library signs agreement with Springer for eBooks and journals
- 05 Nov 2013

STM publisher Springer and the Qatar National Library (QNL) have signed a groundbreaking agreement for access to eBooks and electronic journals on Springer's platform SpringerLink. The national license entitles Qatar to use one of the largest scientific, technical and medical eBook collections in the world.

The agreement offers country-wide access to Springer's electronic scientific content. Anyone who lives in Qatar and has a valid Qatari ID or residence permit is eligible to register at the library free of charge. In this way, all registered members of the library will benefit from the national license without any limitations on user classifications.

QNL, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is currently offering free online access to a vast collection of online resources, including the latest bestsellers, classical works, concerts, top academic journals and documentaries.

Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organisation under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). QNL is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon-based economy to knowledge-based economy by providing resources to students, researchers, and the community in Qatar. It was announced in November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. QNL carries out its mission through three functions, National Library, University and Research Library and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age. The National Library function collects and provides access to global knowledge relevant to Qatar and the region. It also collects, preserves and provides access to heritage content and materials about Qatar and the region.

The University and Research Library function supports education and research at all levels by providing printed and digital library materials for students and researchers. Metropolitan Public Library delivers library services and information for everyone to enjoy reading, meet people and become information literate.

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Russia's Ministry of Education and Science selects Elsevier's SciVal Strata to assess Russia's research performance
- 05 Nov 2013

STM publisher Elsevier has reached an agreement with Russia's Ministry of Education and Science to provide access to SciVal Strata for the assessment of Russia's Research Performance. Access to SciVal Strata, a performance benchmarking tool within Elsevier's SciVal suite of research management solutions, builds on the Russian Government's previously granted access to Elsevier's SciVal Spotlight and Scopus.

Early 2013 the Russian Government launched a national research assessment program with the aim of identifying key areas for future investments in its research and development sector. With access to SciVal Strata, the experts at Russia's Federal Research and Consulting Center of Expertise, who are involved in the national research assessment, will be able to analyse the productivity of Russian scientists and research groups. These assessments will help the Ministry to effectively support the most fruitful researchers and research groups and stimulate new collaborations.

Built on Elsevier's 130-year heritage in the world of research, SciVal helps institutions make more informed decisions to drive research outcomes. Serving research institutions, funders and policy makers, the company's objective data and trusted solutions enable organisations to build their portfolios, optimise funding flows, assemble collaborative partnerships and manage research activities. Elsevier integrates institutional and external data sources with information from Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database, to provide innovative solutions including Pure, SciVal Experts, SciVal Funding, SciVal Spotlight, SciVal Strata and SciVal Analytics.

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Russia's International Biotechnology Center Generium in deal with Elsevier to gain access to ScienceDirect and Embase
- 04 Nov 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Russia's International Biotechnology Center (IBC) Generium, has signed an agreement to grant access to ScienceDirect and Embase for its scientists.

Access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for scientific, technical and medical research literature and Embase, a comprehensive international database for biomedical researchers, supports the company's strategy to maintain its leading position in Russia in generic drug development and innovate in biotechnological therapies.

Established in 2011, Generium has a unique and extensive portfolio of innovative drugs and biotechnological therapies. Generium's aim is to innovate in biotechnological therapies against diseases such as oncology as well as cardio-vascular, neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders. The center's research and development teams will benefit greatly from its newly acquired access to ScienceDirect and Embase, by providing them with peer-reviewed full-text research papers published in more than 2000 international journals, as well as timely access to biomedical information.

The International Biotechnology Center "Generium", (LLC IBC Generium) is a private biotechnology research and development company founded in Russia in 2011. IBC Generium is a rapidly growing company with current portfolio of more than 30 innovative biotechnology-based medications and cell-based products. The company is highly focused on international collaboration approach and exchange of experience for discovery of innovative drugs.

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Elsevier announces official collaboration with the National Natural Science Foundation of China
- 21 Oct 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its official collaboration with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the central governing body for science and technology funding in China.

With an official memorandum of understanding (MoU) in place, Elsevier will undertake to provide services to NSFC to help the organisation optimise the utilisation and disbursement of research funds for projects. This includes complementary access to Scopus; application program interface (API) or web services interface that is necessary for the successful integration of Scopus with NSFC's system to discover, extract, verify and analyse data for supporting objective funding evaluation; and a limited-period product trial of Elsevier's SciVal research intelligence tools for the effective and efficient management of NSFC-subsidized projects.

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) is an organisation directly affiliated to the State Council for the management of the National Natural Science Fund. Founded in February 1986 with the approval of the State Council, NSFC is an institution that oversees the management of the National Natural Science Fund for the promotion and financing of both basic and applied research in China.

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Elsevier expands Legacy Collection on ScienceDirect
- 17 Oct 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the expansion of its Legacy Collection on ScienceDirect. Elsevier's Legacy Collection now includes more than 9500 books with contributions from more than 100 Nobel Laureates.

The Legacy Collection digitizes classic historical scholarly book content. Many of these newly digitised foundational books were difficult to find in print or out-of-print altogether. Having this content secured and fully integrated on ScienceDirect enables digital searching and deep reference linking on this historical reference material, completing library collections and expanding holdings without the burden of locating or borrowing.

The expanded content now covers 15 subject areas. Elsevier's Legacy Collection is available on ScienceDirect, a full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books.

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ScienceDirect offers ability to view 3D datasets next to the published online articles
- 16 Oct 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and Kitware, a worldwide leader in developing advanced visualization technologies, has announced that Elsevier journals offer the opportunity to upload 3D datasets when submitting a paper for publication. This way, once published, readers can interactively explore 3D datasets next to the online article on ScienceDirect.

3D visualization is important for understanding complex structures, dynamic simulations, and discoveries in various scientific disciplines such as molecular biology, astrophysics, medical imaging and engineering. However, in the course of publishing research papers traditionally, 3D models and data have to be converted into static 2D images, significantly reducing the extent of the author's analysis and the level of interpretation of the research by readers. To address the growing demands for online 3D visualization across various scientific disciplines, Elsevier and Kitware now work in partnership to enable 3D visualization services for research articles available online on ScienceDirect.

To date 23 Elsevier journals within science disciplines molecular biology, archaeology, neuroscience and psychiatry offer 3D visualization services to authors and readers. The specific 3D viewers currently available are: 3D molecular viewer, 3D archaeological viewer and 3D neuroimaging viewer. Over the next three months the number of Elsevier journals offering the service is expected to grow significantly.

Offering interactive visualization tools and techniques, allowing for better and more accurate interpretation and analysis of research data is one of the pillars of Article of the Future, Elsevier's on-going program to improve the format of the scientific article.

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Scopus indexes first 7,500 book titles as part of its Book Titles Expansion program
- 09 Oct 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Scopus has indexed the first 7,500 book titles as part of its Book Titles Expansion program. By 2015, an estimated 75,000 book titles will be indexed. The inclusion of book titles adds to the more than 50 million records indexed by Scopus which are derived from 20,000 journals, 5.5 million conference proceedings and 390 trade publications.

Each scholarly publication type – journals, conference proceedings and books – may be cited and referenced and therefore contributes to the evaluation of the impact of research. In addition to increasing the breadth and depth of Scopus' reach in scholarly content, the inclusion of book titles ensures that Scopus more effectively meets both the discoverability and evaluation needs of book-based disciplines in the social sciences and arts and humanities.

All titles in the Scopus Book Titles Expansion Program are included – at no additional fee – under the standard Scopus license.

Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians internationally; and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software.

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Elsevier collaborates with Qatar University to provide access to SciVal Experts
- 01 Oct 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its collaboration with Qatar University by providing access to SciVal Experts, allowing for effective management of researcher profiles and subject area expertise identification for future collaboration projects.

SciVal Experts, a product of Elsevier's SciVal research management solutions, is a researcher networking tool which helps locate researchers within and across disciplines and institutions. Built on publication history data from Scopus, SciVal Experts provides an overview of researchers' current publication data and grant information, making it easier to find subject area experts and form research teams within but also across organisations and institutions, locally and internationally.

Built on Elsevier's 130-year heritage in the world of research, SciVal helps institutions make more informed decisions to drive research outcomes. Serving research institutions, funders and policy makers, our objective data and trusted solutions enable organisations to build their portfolios, optimise funding flows, assemble collaborative partnerships and manage research activities. Elsevier integrates institutional and external data sources with information from Scopus to provide innovative solutions including Pure, SciVal Experts, SciVal Funding, SciVal Spotlight, SciVal Strata and SciVal Analytics.

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Springer launches ‘full book download functionality’ on SpringerLink and Springer for R&D
- 26 Aug 2013

STM publisher Springer recently introduced the 'full book download functionality' on SpringerLink and Springer for R&D in response to the high demand for this feature by authors, researchers and library customers. This new functionality allows users to download all chapters of a book in one go.

Next to this feature, users can view an eBook on SpringerLink and Springer for R and D through the LookInside, and download the individual chapters as PDF and or in HTML format. The chapter level and full book PDF is available to subscribed users without restrictions. The LookInside always shows some sample pages to unsubscribed users, and the full chapter to subscribed users.

The full download functionality will only be made available when the user has access and the book in question is not a reference work or exceeds 100 chapters.

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Elsevier acquires certain book assets of Gulf Publishing Company
- 09 Aug 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has acquired certain book assets of Gulf Publishing Company (GPC). The portfolio of 32 books includes petroleum engineering titles in drilling, pipeline, oil and gas, and safety.

The GPC titles are for professionals in upstream oil and gas engineering and cover drilling, recovery methods, reservoir management, processing, and pipeline transmission. They include the Gulf Drilling Series, which emphasizes current techniques and technologies in the drilling industry; handbooks in oil and natural gas engineering; books on enhanced and non-conventional recovery techniques, including the high interest area of hydraulic fracturing (fracking); and data handbooks useful as reference sources for researchers and applied engineers working with the physical and chemical properties of hydrocarbons.

All of the GPC books will be available through the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, a full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. Many of the titles are also available on Knovel, a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to deliver answers engineers can trust.

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Elsevier and Hungarian National Consortium announce collaboration
- 08 Aug 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has signed a license agreement with the Hungarian National Consortium for access to Elsevier's entire Backfile Collection for all Hungarian academic and research institutions.

The Backfile Collection on ScienceDirect provides access to journals back to the start of their publication. Access to this collection comes in addition to existing access to Elsevier's broadest journal offering, the Freedom Collection. As a result, all Hungarian researchers now have access to the entire range of articles available on ScienceDirect. Expanding access to scientific information fits the Hungarian National Consortium's strategic goal to improve the global research ranking position of Hungarian research, researchers and institutions.

ScienceDirect is a premier full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. ScienceDirect aims to revolutionise the traditional format of the academic paper; interactive elements, enhanced online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help researchers to build insights at the article level. ScienceDirect now has more than 15 million users; its wide reach makes it an ideal place for scientists to publish and disseminate their research findings.

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Springer releases Android version of SpringerLink mobile app
- 01 Aug 2013

STM publisher Springer has released an Android version of its SpringerLink mobile application, allowing for wider access to its content. The app's user interface has also been improved, making navigation easier and faster.

In January 2012 Springer released its first version of the app on Apple iTunes, which gave scientists, researchers and students anytime/anywhere access to Springer's content from their iPhones and iPads. Now that the application is available for Android phones and tablets for the first time, Springer is further satisfying the demands of mobile researchers. Given the growth in popularity of Android devices, making the SpringerLink app available for these users via Google Play was a natural next step.

In addition to the Android release, Springer has made a number of adjustments and additions to bring new and improved functionality to users. This latest version includes an update to the user interface that makes searching and using articles faster, easier and more intuitive than on the previous iteration.

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UAE University gains access to Elsevier's SciVal research management solutions and Scopus
- 31 Jul 2013

STM publisher Elsevier has announced its collaboration with United Arab Emirates University by providing the university with access to Elsevier's SciVal research management solutions and Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

Built on Elsevier's 130-year heritage in the world of research, SciVal helps institutions develop their portfolios, optimise funding flows, assemble collaborative partnerships and manage research activities. UAE University will have access to SciVal Strata, SciVal Spotlight and SciVal Experts. In addition, SciVal Analytics will provide the university with a tailored report on researcher mobility between the UAE and other countries, and how it relates to research productivity.

It is expected that these trusted research management solutions, which analyse publication data from Scopus, will help UAE University establish, execute and evaluate its strategies to drive research and innovation.

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Elsevier to provide 25 ROSATOM affiliated research institutes with access to ScienceDirect and Scopus
- 16 Jul 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has extended its collaboration with Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) by providing 25 research institutes with access to ScienceDirect and Scopus as part of its Knowledge Management Program.

Launched in 2011, ROSATOM's Knowledge Management Program offers its researchers an infrastructure to access and preserve international scientific information, supporting its development in fundamental and applied research in nuclear and radiation safety, nuclear medicine, composite materials and new energy sources. Providing access to ScienceDirect and Scopus expands the ROSATOM programme and will help the 25 affiliated research institutes to further develop their position in nuclear energy research.

ScienceDirect is a full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. ScienceDirect aims to revolutionise the traditional format of the academic paper. Interactive elements, enhanced online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help researchers to build insights at the article level. ScienceDirect now has more than 10 million users; its wide reach makes it an ideal place for scientists to publish and disseminate their research findings.

Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from nearly 21,000 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians internationally; and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software.

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Ukrainian research institutions to benefit from broader access to Elsevier content and solutions
- 12 Jul 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science in order to provide access to Elsevier's scientific databases for sixty Ukrainian research institutions.

A Declaration of Intent for Cooperation has been signed by the Ministry of Education and Science and Elsevier. The agreement includes access to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The Ukrainian Ministry also intends to license ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for research literature and Elsevier's SciVal research management solutions, which provide insights into research performance.

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine is the central executive body, whose activities are directed and coordinated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ministry is a part of the Central Executive Authority of Ukraine and is the main body responsible for the central executive development and implementation of National Policy in education and science, (including issues of innovation and information technology, and intellectual property rights), Youth, Physical Culture and Sport.

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Elsevier launches two new modules in Pure, its research information management system
- 10 Jul 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of two new modules in Pure, Elsevier's research information management system. These modules are: Award Management and Research Intelligence.

Pure, one of the latest additions to Elsevier's SciVal research management tools, aggregates an institution's research and faculty information and provides customised reports for research administrators, researchers and librarians. The system facilitates an evidence-based approach to making business decisions, setting research strategy and performing assessment exercises.

With the Award Management module in Pure, users are now able to track funding opportunities, structure the grant application process and provide an overview of awarded grants and related projects. The Research Intelligence module complements this by allowing users to set departmental targets and display these and other customised metrics, such as Snowball Metrics, on dashboards that can be easily shared with members of their organisation. Together these modules help Pure extend its coverage across the research management life cycle, enabling the entire institution to more successfully track and manage their research effectiveness.

Designed to support the many stages of the research planning cycle, Elsevier's SciVal suite of solutions provides information about research performance, funding and expertise to enable informed decision-making and drive successful outcomes. Serving research institutions, funding agencies and policy bodies, SciVal delivers objective analytical capabilities that can enhance the performance of individuals, teams and organisations.

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Elsevier articles on ScienceDirect and datasets in the ORNL DAAC data repository now reciprocally linked
- 09 Jul 2013

STM publisher Elsevier has announced its implementation of reciprocal linking between Earth Science content on ScienceDirect and related data sets of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tennessee (ORNL).

The ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC), which is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, US, provides facilities for archiving, discovery and accessibility of biogeochemical dynamics data. Research datasets deposited at the ORNL DAAC are now automatically linked to relevant articles in Elsevier journals available on ScienceDirect using DOIs, and vice versa.

This fruitful cooperation between Elsevier and the ORNL DAAC promotes the flow of data into trusted archives and supports long-term storage, wide availability and preservation of research data. Interconnecting journal articles and relevant data serves the needs of researchers and funding agencies by diminishing the loss of data and helps researchers find data that is necessary to reproduce results from the literature.

This type of linking between articles and data is one of the pillars of Article of the Future, Elsevier's on-going programme to improve the format of the scientific article.

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177 universities in Turkey gain access to Scopus and ScienceDirect for next 3 years
- 02 Jul 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced an agreement with the Turkish Academic Network and Information Center (ULAKBIM) to provide 177 academic and research institutions in Turkey with access to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. In addition, access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for research literature has been extended.

The 3-year agreement ensures Turkish researchers can benefit from access to high quality scholarly information resources and tools, allowing them to stay abreast of scientific developments in their fields. The previous ScienceDirect agreement with ULAKBIM provided access to 104 institutions, whereas the new agreement welcomes an additional 73 new members.

ULAKBIM aims at providing technological facilities such as computer networks, information technology support, and information and document delivery services, to meet the information requirements of universities and research institutions, and to increase the efficiency and productivity of their end users. ULAKBIM consists of National Academic Network (ULAKNET) Unit, which undertakes the task of formation and operation of research and education network infrastructure in Turkey, and Cahit Arf Information Center, which provides information and document supply services nationwide.

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Plastics Engineering e-book collection now available on ScienceDirect
- 23 May 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and Hanser Publishers, the premier publisher of plastics technology and applied materials titles, have announced that the companies will offer plastics researchers and engineers a new plastics e-book collection on ScienceDirect.

Plastics Engineering from Hanser on ScienceDirect includes more than 55 titles from leading authors, such as Dr. Robert A. Malloy, a member of the Plastics Academy's Hall of Fame. Other key titles cover plastics design principles, adhesives, rubbers, polymers, and extrusion. The addition of Hanser content with the benefits of full-text, online access on ScienceDirect delivers improved workflow data and best practice information to people in research and development in the field of engineering design and manufacturing.

The Hanser collection complements the engineering books from Elsevier's William Andrew and Butterworth-Heinemann imprints, as well as chemistry and materials science books collections already available on ScienceDirect. This focus on plastics and polymers will benefit corporations in plastics manufacturing, chemicals, consumer goods, construction, aerospace and automotive, and other downstream sectors where plastic materials are utilised.

Hanser titles now available in the collection on ScienceDirect include Material Science of Polymers for Engineers, 3rd Edition; Mixing of Rubber Compounds; and Engineering with Rubber, 3rd Edition. All 55 Hanser titles can be purchased as a collection on ScienceDirect.

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Springer unveils new book series - Trends in Augmentation of Human Performance
- 03 May 2013

STM publisher Springer has announced that it is launching a new book series entitled Trends in Augmentation of Human Performance. The series will focus on the enhancement of human skills, attributes and competencies through the use of technology, medicine and therapy. Approximately three books per year are planned.

Three areas of human performance enhancement will be covered by the series: enhancement of human performance to restore normal human capability from the disabled or dysfunctional, enhancement of human performance to superhuman levels, and ethical consequences of the first two topics. The series editor is Dr. Vassilis Cutsuridis of King's College London. All books in the series will be available in print and as eBooks via SpringerLink.

The series is made up of research monographs, introductory and advanced level textbooks, edited volumes and proceedings. Topics will include the restoration of sight, hearing, memory and mobility in the disabled, and enhanced memory and the augmentation of vision, hearing, and strength to superhuman levels. The first volume Cognitive Enhancement: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, edited by Elisabeth Hildt of the University of Mainz, Germany, and Andreas Franke of the University Medical Center Mainz, was recently published.

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Elsevier announces incorporation of MathJax into research papers published online on ScienceDirect
- 23 Apr 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the incorporation of MathJax into research papers published online on ScienceDirect. Developed through a collaboration of industry associations, MathJax is a new technology for high-quality, crisp display of mathematical symbols and equations on the web.

With the inclusion of MathJax, ScienceDirect can now display high-resolution, fully scalable symbols and equations seamlessly with the surrounding text, improving the readability and interpretation of authors' research. With this development readers have the ability to magnify equations within an article for closer look, as well as copy and save equations for further research.

There are no further requirements for authors, editors and reviewers to benefit from MathJax. As part of the typesetting process, Elsevier converts mathematical symbols and equations included in submitted manuscripts into MathML, the World Wide Web Consortium standard for mathematics on the web. MathJax has the capability of displaying the generated MathML, ensuring that past and future articles published online on ScienceDirect can benefit from the enhanced display.

The initiative to develop MathJax as a feature was launched in 2009 by the American Mathematical Society, Design Science, Inc., and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Elsevier was one of its first supporters making a commitment to support researchers who want to display and read mathematics on the web. Employing MathJax into research papers published online on ScienceDirect further extends this commitment by enhancing the usability and readability of Elsevier's content to benefit researchers for the long-term.

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Elsevier launches Japanese user interface to Scopus
- 18 Apr 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of a Japanese user interface to Scopus. The interface provides Japanese users with the ability to find their way through the product in their local language.

Japanese users will now be able to find the research information they are looking for more efficiently - expanding beyond Scopus' basic search functionalities to utilising more advanced features such as personalisation and alerts. As additional support all in-product help files have been translated into Japanese to further increase product understanding, helping Japanese librarians in their teaching and usage of Scopus.

According to Tetsu Ikeda, Director, Science & Technology, Elsevier Japan, this local-language interface will help Japanese users accelerate the speed of their research, conduct analyses, determine their research strategy, provide trainings in a more efficient and effective way and gain information critical to develop their academic career.

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 20,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage.

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The Virtual Library of Virginia and the Washington Research Library Consortium sign eBook deal with Springer
- 11 Apr 2013

STM publisher Springer has signed a major deal with the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) and the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). The agreement gives students and researchers from across more than 80 campuses access to Springer eBook content.

With the completion of this deal, users at the private and public institutions belonging to VIVA and WRLC will have access to tens of thousands of Springer's eBooks via SpringerLink, Springer's online platform.

The schools covered by this agreement include Georgetown University, The University of Virginia, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech, to name a few. And with Springer's liberal usage policies (no digital rights management and inter-library loan rights), libraries will be able to share these resources with each other easily and efficiently.

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Newly established Ural Regional Universities Consortium in Russia gains access to ScienceDirect and Scopus
- 04 Apr 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its official collaboration with the Ural Regional Universities Consortium by providing 11 universities in Russia's Ural region with access to ScienceDirect and Scopus throughout 2013.

Led by the Ural Federal University, the Ural Regional University Consortium was newly established at the beginning of this month. Researchers in the region of Russia are increasingly focused on new achievements in theoretical and applied mathematics and mechanics, metallurgical processes, physics and chemistry of solids. Access to ScienceDirect and Scopus is expected to help Ural scientists increase the quality of their research in these focused areas and share their work with the wider, global research community.

ScienceDirect is a premier full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. It carries an ongoing innovation aiming to revolutionise the traditional format of the academic paper, the interactive elements, enhanced online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help researchers to build insights at the article level.

Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 20,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage.

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Springer and Politecnico di Milano partner to launch new book series
- 22 Mar 2013

STM publisher Springer has announced a partnership with Politecnico di Milano to publish a new book series entitled POLIMI SpringerBriefs. These titles will consist of concise summaries of cutting-edge research and practical applications across a wide spectrum of fields. All books in the series are available as eBooks on Springer's online platform, SpringerLink, and in print-on-demand (POD) format.

The POLIMI SpringerBriefs will cover a broad range of academic and professional content from the main areas of research carried out at Politecnico di Milano, including: aerospace engineering, bioengineering, nuclear science and technology, economics and mathematical models and methods in engineering, to name a few.

Additionally, Ph.D. theses may be considered for publication within the series, provided that they represent a significant and original scientific advance.

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Springer and The American Meteorological Society partner for electronic distribution of book titles
- 14 Mar 2013

STM publisher Springer has entered into a partnership with The American Meteorological Society (AMS) for the electronic distribution of their book titles for the next three years on SpringerLink. The agreement includes the distribution of monographs, textbooks and popular science titles as well as approximately five new titles annually in Springer's Earth and Environmental Sciences eBook Collection.

The collaboration with Springer will enable the society to benefit from Springer's ePublishing technologies and long-term library relationships. Springer's international sales and marketing teams will work to bring The American Meteorological Society's publishing programme to global institutional markets. The society will distribute print versions of the books in collaboration with the University of Chicago Press.

Through the partnership, approximately 50 backlist titles will be available as eBooks. The collection includes key works on climate change and meteorological hazards including Lewis and Clark: Weather and Climate Data from the Expedition Journals and Deadly Season: Analysis of the 2011 Tornado Outbreaks, as well as instructional texts like Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, and Atmospheric Scientist.

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John Wiley & Sons launch Labtiva’s ReadCube Web Reader on Wiley Online Library
- 08 Feb 2013

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has launched Labtiva's ReadCube Web Reader on Wiley Online Library. PDFs read using the ReadCube Web Reader feature hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, and direct access to supplemental content, making it easier for researchers to discover, access and interact with scientific literature.

The ReadCube Web Reader is available now on 109 journals in the Wiley Online Library and will gradually become available for the whole collection during the first half of 2013. Wiley Online Library is a multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities, and contains approximately six million scholarly articles from over 1,500 journals and reference works.

Users of the ReadCube Web Reader can save articles and annotations to the free ReadCube Desktop reference manager for PCs and Macs. ReadCube Desktop offers additional features to help researchers organize their academic literature, rapidly acquire articles without the hassles of proxies and logins, and discover new research through easy search tools, including a recommendation system based on reading habits.

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Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation collaborates with Elsevier to gain access to ScienceDirect and Scopus
- 06 Feb 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its collaboration with Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM), providing ROSATOM's major affiliated research organisations with access to Elsevier's ScienceDirect and Scopus.

ROSATOM unites a number of Russia's key enterprises focusing on atomic power engineering, nuclear and radiation safety and fundamental and applied research in the creation of structural materials and technologies. The corporation actively participates in international energy research and develops innovative technologies in water treatment, new isotopes for medicine and in superconductivity.

By providing more than ten of its key enterprises with access to ScienceDirect and Scopus, ROSATOM will help these institutes to significantly advance and accelerate their research and innovation in atomic energy.

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Russian Government selects Scopus for national research assessment
- 23 Jan 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Russian government has officially selected Scopus as a tool for its national research assessment. Measuring research performance forms a significant part of Russia's 'Science and Technology Development in 2013-2020' program as declared by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in 2012.

The aim of Russia's 'Science and Technology Development in 2013-2020' program is to create an internationally competitive and well-functioning R&D sector, one in which efforts to modernise the economy are supported by science, technology and innovation. Within the programme there is an emphasis on research assessment, measuring not only quantity but also quality of research output. Using data from Scopus, the Russian government will be able to map out its national research landscape, and compare it with other countries.

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 20,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage.

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Springer and Scion collaborate to publish New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science
- 18 Jan 2013

STM publisher Springer and Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, will cooperate to publish the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, starting in January 2013. As of Volume 43, Issue 1, the journal will be part of the SpringerOpen portfolio. As a fully sponsored open access journal, it will be freely available on www.nzjforestryscience.com and SpringerLink without subscription charges or registration barriers.

Founded in 1971, the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science covers the breadth of forestry research, science and technology development. While the focus is on planted forests, articles on a wide range of forestry topics such as tropical species, climate change, and policy are also published. Included in the journal are original research articles, short notes, subject reviews, book reviews and conference papers. Scion will retain editorial management with Dr. Ruth Falshaw of Scion as editor.

The journal was accepted by ISI this year, and Thomson Reuters will include the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science in its databases from 2013. An impact factor will be available starting in 2015.

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Thieme E-Book Library now available to institutional customers for the iPad
- 14 Jan 2013

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that the collection of Thieme's acclaimed E-Book Library is now available to institutional customers for the iPad. With the free iPublishCentral reader app, end-users within an institutional license can download all titles in the Thieme E-Book Library to their iPads and read them anywhere they want, even without an internet connection.

The iPublishCentral reader app, available free of charge in the iTunes store, now allows students, faculty, and researchers to download Thieme E-Book Library titles to their iPad for off-campus reading. Users only need to download the app to their iPad and access the Thieme E-Book Library within the IP range of their institution to download any title of the collections. New additions to the E-Book Library will also be available for download upon their release.

To access the Thieme E-Book Library, users need to be within the IP range of their university or institution. Once the book is downloaded to the iPad, however, it can be taken and read anywhere. No internet connection is required for reading, annotating, or searching the downloaded titles. In addition to a full-text search function, the iPublishCentral reader offers a user-friendly navigation via icons that provide easy access to notes, bookmarks, settings as well as the table of content.

Institutional subscribers may license Thieme E-Books for online use, making them available for their students, faculty, and other members. Titles downloaded to the iPad from the Thieme E-Book Library are available for one year, after which they can be re-downloaded provided that the institution still has a valid Thieme E-Books Library license.

The Thieme E-Book Library is a comprehensive online collection of downloadable textbooks with full-colour illustrations and a full-text search function. The electronic library covers every course in the medical school curriculum and claims to be a valuable research, review and study resource for medical and life science students, faculty, and clinicians.

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Springer and National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan partner to launch new book series, NIMS Monographs
- 20 Dec 2012

STM publisher Springer and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan will partner to publish a new book series NIMS Monographs. The series will publish titles on major and advanced research themes of the research institute, one of the most important in materials sciences in Japan.

Starting in 2013, five to ten titles will be published annually. All books will be available as eBooks on Springer's online platform link.springer.com, and in print-to-order (PTO) format. The first two titles, "Smart Biomaterials" and "Fiber Fuse - Light-Induced Continuous Breakdown of Silica Glass Optical Fiber", are expected to be published in July 2013.

Since its inception, the NIMS has been continuously and actively engaged in fundamental R & D related to materials. In recent years, the Institute has promoted the discovery of new phenomena and new functions of materials by utilizing nanotechnology and establishing a variety of pioneering global technologies, including characterization techniques and material design/control technologies.

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Siberian Regional Universities Consortium in deal with Elsevier for access to ScienceDirect and Scopus
- 13 Dec 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its official collaboration with the Siberian Regional Universities Consortium, providing 9 universities in Central Siberia with access to ScienceDirect and Scopus beginning in 2013. This will provide Siberian researchers with access to research literature from around the world, allowing them to stay abreast of scientific developments in their field.

The Siberian Regional Universities Consortium led by Novosibirsk State Technical University was established in November of this year. The Siberian region of Novosibirsk is one of Russia's key scientific research centers making a significant contribution to Russia's science and innovation community.

ScienceDirect is a premier full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. It carries an ongoing innovation aiming to revolutionise the traditional format of the academic paper, the interactive elements, enhanced online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help researchers to build insights at the article level. ScienceDirect now has now more than 16 million users. The wide reach makes it an ideal place for scientists to publish and disseminate their research findings.

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 20,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage.

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Elsevier and Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University announce collaboration
- 11 Dec 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its collaboration with the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), the leading University of Russia's Far Eastern Consortium. The 5-year collaboration agreement includes access to ScienceDirect and Scopus for all Consortium members from January 2013 onwards.

Russia's Far Eastern Federal district has grown to become a key social and political focus for the Russian Government. Since the APEC Summit held in September of this year, a Ministry for Far Eastern Affairs has been founded and the region is designated to become Russia's growing economic, commercial and research hub in Asia Pacific.

As the largest university in the region, FEFU plays a key role in this development plan and has established the Far Eastern Consortium, a consortium of more than 50 regional universities and academic institutes. Together, these universities and institutes aim to increase research output for the region, strengthen local academic relations, and drive international collaboration within the scientific arena.

ScienceDirect is a premier full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. It carries an ongoing innovation aiming to revolutionise the traditional format of the academic paper, the interactive elements, enhanced online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help researchers to build insights at the article level. ScienceDirect now has more than 16 million users, the wide reach makes it an ideal place for scientists to publish and disseminate their research findings.

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 20,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage.

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Elsevier collaborates with Dutch Fulbright Center to support early career researchers in the Netherlands
- 28 Nov 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its collaboration with the Dutch division of the Fulbright Center, a bi-national non-profit organisation focused on enhancing the collaboration between the US and the Netherlands in science.

The collaboration between Elsevier and the Dutch Fulbright Center aims to provide support and guidance to young researchers in the Netherlands in the broadest sense. Activities will range from providing advice in relation to writing and publishing research papers, networking, funding and career planning.

Planned Elsevier- Fulbright activities include participation in Elsevier's Early Career Researcher Program - workshops in which young researchers are advised on how they can successfully write and publish their research papers and on how to get funding for conducting research abroad through a Fulbright scholarship; sponsoring of two Elsevier / Fulbright PhD scholarships in 2013; and providing free access to ScienceDirect and Scopus from 2013 onwards for Dutch Fulbright Scholars.

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Elsevier and University of Surrey sign three-year agreement for SciVal Strata
- 21 Nov 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the University of Surrey, UK, have signed a three-year agreement for access to Elsevier's research performance benchmarking tool SciVal Strata.

The University of Surrey is one of the few universities in the UK with a dedicated bibliometrician as part of its library staff. As a result, the role of the library is taking on a new, innovative dimension by driving the use of bibliometrics to help improve the institution's overall research impact.

SciVal Strata, part of the SciVal suite, is a flexible benchmarking tool enabling analyses of internal and external team and researcher performance which includes, among others, productivity, citation history, and collaboration activity. Access to SciVal Strata enables the university's research faculty to benchmark their current performance and illustrate their impact, in comparison to other institutions, which can in part, be used to determine future research strategies.

Recent enhancements to SciVal Strata developed in collaboration with Elsevier's online community of research administrators, have helped align the tool with the requirements set by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and other guidelines. The Research Excellence Framework in the UK uses Scopus as the data source for the bibliometric indicators, the same data source that powers SciVal Strata.

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Elsevier launches Postdoc Free Access Program, a new initiative designed to help early career researchers
- 15 Nov 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of the Postdoc Free Access Program, a new initiative designed to help early career researchers who are in between research positions stay up-to-date in their field.

For scholars who have recently received their PhD and currently do not have a research position, the programme will offer postdocs a Free Access Passport, with complimentary access to journals and books on ScienceDirect for up to 6 months.

The global economic climate for science funding has created new challenges for post doctoral students, especially for those looking for employment. In response to this growing trend, the programme was conceived by editors and publishers at Elsevier who began to hear from postdocs in countries where funding has been hit hardest. Many emphasised the mounting pressure to stay competitive and publish, in many cases without the resources to do so.

In order to qualify for the Free Access Passport, candidates will be asked to fill out a form verifying their credentials, before December 15, 2012. Once approved, they will receive a personal code allowing access to ScienceDirect.

More information about the programme and the application form can be accessed at www.elsevier.com/postdocfreeaccess

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Elsevier collaborates with the OSTI at the US Department of Energy to enhance access to and visibility of research
- 31 Oct 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has incorporated 300,000 full-text technical reports from the Office of Scientific Technical Information (OSTI) at the US Department of Energy (DOE) into its free scientific search tools, SciVerse Hub and Scirus.

This addition will enable the global research community to search full-text documents from laboratories affiliated with the DOE on Elsevier’s widely-used platforms. The OSTI collects, preserves, and disseminates DOE-sponsored research results from R&D projects or other funded activities at DOE labs nationwide, and from grantees at universities and other institutions.

Full-text documents provided through OSTI cover topics related to DOE's mission, including physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and more.

Elsevier is also including over 100,000 documents from the DOE in Elsevier Biofuel, a research discovery solution tailored to bio-energy and bio-based products. These papers, mostly technical and program reports, contain research, practical information and facts about technology, projects and production around the world.

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Springer adds 100th title to SpringerOpen family of OA journals
- 26 Oct 2012

STM publisher Springer recently celebrated the addition of its 100th title to the SpringerOpen family of open access (OA) journals, in addition to its existing BioMed Central portfolio. The launch of the Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development not only secures Springer’s position at the forefront of OA publishing, but also signifies its commitment to establishing open access as an option for all disciplines. Springer has more than 330 fully OA journal titles.

By publishing open access journals in areas as diverse as mathematics, economics, business and the hard sciences, among others, Springer is accelerating its growth of OA titles into all disciplines.

All content of SpringerOpen journals – including research articles, reviews, and editorials – is fully and immediately open access, and is accessible to anyone with an internet connection. No subscription is needed. SpringerOpen journal articles are subjected to the same rigorous peer review as Springer’s subscription journals, and published under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

Earlier this year Springer announced SpringerOpen Books, bringing the OA option to book authors as well. Efforts like these, along with its established BioMed Central brand, all comprise a large and growing open access portfolio.

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Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland launch SciVal Experts community
- 24 Oct 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland (CTSC) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has launched their SciVal Experts community. SciVal Experts is Elsevier's networking tool designed to foster collaboration between investigators and promote multi-disciplinary clinical and translational research.

SciVal Experts will provide CTSC institutions with access to a constantly evolving database of faculty and researcher profiles. The researcher profiles identify and compile researchers' areas of expertise and position alongside a searchable list of researchers' current publication data and grant information. This aggregated information provides users with valuable intelligence to engage in knowledge transfer and to identify opportunities for research collaboration.

CTSC's SciVal Experts implementation will enable researchers to locate sources of expertise and identify collaboration opportunities at an individual and/or departmental level across CTSC institutions and throughout the SciVal Experts research community of more than 20 research institutions nationwide. This new collaborative technology will provide stakeholders and potential partners from academia, government, media and industry with easy access to view and engage CTSC researchers working on relevant projects.

Cleveland area research institutions in this SciVal Experts implementation include: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Systems, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. SciVal Experts will serve a key role in supporting the CTSC's mission to accelerate discoveries toward better health.

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Elsevier enhances Article Page Design on ScienceDirect
- 09 Oct 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the next step in enhancing its article page design on ScienceDirect. Following initial changes made earlier this year, moving away from the traditional linear article by improving in-article navigation and readability, the article has now been further transformed into an interactive HTML format.

As online research continues to evolve, researchers are finding a greater need to employ new publication, search, and discovery tools that help streamline their workflow and improve expediency. The recently launched enhancements address these challenges, offering researchers more interactive ways to efficiently pursue online research communication.

Recent enhancements include downloadable tables and PowerPoint presentations that encourage re-use and citation; ability to view references with their abstracts, without losing place in the current article; additional context from related and citing articles as well as from external databases; and discipline-specific content, interactive visualization and workflow applications.

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Springer begins worldwide migration of customers to new SpringerLink
- 02 Oct 2012

STM publisher Springer has begun migrating its global library customers to its new and improved version of the SpringerLink platform. The platform was re-engineered with a focus on improving the user experience based on three principles - speed, simplicity and optimisation.

After more than 18 months of development, SpringerLink has received a total makeover that will change the way Springer brings its content to students, researchers and librarians. After extensive consultations with customers and stakeholders, the platform promises to set a new standard in the industry. While its back end construction and clean design are dramatically improved, the way content is found and used is the real headline.

Page load times are two times faster globally, and three times faster in core markets. Working alongside this much-improved speed are a number of new, powerful utilities that help make searching for content far easier and more efficient.

Intuitive navigation, a unique ‘look inside’ feature for every one of the 5.9 million documents, and suggested search terms help users to get what they want far quicker and more precisely than SpringerLink’s previous iteration. An integrated dashboard with usage statistics and institution-specific data gives librarians quick and useful insights into their own organisations, and the site includes one long-requested improvement: the ability to filter search results to include only accessible content. Finally, device-agnostic, responsive design allows for an optimised experience anywhere, at any time, on any sized screen.

To date, customers in New Zealand and South Korea have been migrated to the new SpringerLink. It is expected that the migration of all global customers will be complete by the end of December 2012.

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Elsevier enhances ScienceDirect’s eBook content with the addition of digitised foundational book titles across seven key scientific disciplines
- 21 Sep 2012

STM Publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the digitising of its Legacy Collection in seven disciplines, expanding its content on ScienceDirect. With the addition of the Legacy Collection to ScienceDirect, highly relevant, scientific books from the mid-20th century to the present will be accessible online as early as December 2012.

Librarians at academic, corporate, and government research institutions will now have the option to rapidly expand their book collections and researchers can access additional context for existing material, complementing current content across a rich range of sources. Usage patterns for existing deep backlist books on ScienceDirect provide ample evidence that researchers continue to use books published before 2000 in their work.

The Legacy Collection content on ScienceDirect provides additional scientific strength in the following subject-based collections - Agricultural and Biological Sciences; Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Engineering; Materials Science; and Physics and Astronomy. Title-by-title lists can be found at http://www.info.sciverse.com/sciencedirect/books/legacy.

The Legacy Collection marks a significant expansion of the eBook content available on ScienceDirect, which features more than 15,000 books and 2,500 journals along with more than 11 million articles, a content base that is growing at a rate of almost 0.5 million additions per year, with archives that reach as far back as 1823.

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Russian Ministry of Education and Science confirms Scopus as one of the primary tools for research assessment of Russian universities
- 19 Sep 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Scopus is officially confirmed as one of the primary requirements for the research assessment of all Russian universities. Dr. Alexander A. Klimov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Russia, formalised this decision through Scopus’ inclusion in the Government’s regulating act titled ‘Russia’s Assessment of Higher Education Effectiveness.’

As the Russian Ministry of Education and Sciences enforces international competitiveness of Russian education and science, applying international standards and practices for evaluation of the quality of higher education and its research is a crucial step in the process. With Scopus now recognised as the official tool for effective research assessment of Russian universities, the Government aims to map its research performance and international research collaboration trends more effectively, as well as support its research funding strategies objectively.

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 19,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. Direct links to subscribed full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool.

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Elsevier offers entire collection of books and journals to innovators in developing nations via the ARDI programme
- 13 Sep 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it is now offering its entire collection of books and journals on its online platform ScienceDirect, as well as access to its abstracts and citation database Scopus to innovators in 105 countries for free or little cost through the ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) programme.

Elsevier's contributions cover a vast array of scientific subject fields, with ARDI focusing on the use of mathematics, engineering, life sciences and physical sciences content by academic and research centers and government institutions, such as patent offices. Elsevier has provided access to select journals since it first participated in the programme in 2009.

ARDI is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as part of the Research4Life program, a public-private partnership that includes United Nations agencies WIPO, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM), leading academic libraries, and technology partner Microsoft.

In developing countries, local innovation is important to the success of national economies. Young scientists and their research institutions need to access the latest developments in technology found in scientific and technical literature before patenting and commercializing their inventions. However, without sufficient access to journals, their ability to learn from scientific information is limited; efforts are slow and arduous. Through ARDI, developing countries are given direct access to high-quality published content from several publishers allowing select academic and research institutions to develop and innovate more effectively, and patent offices to protect and reward innovation more efficiently.

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Springer unveils fully open access option for books
- 29 Aug 2012

STM publisher Springer, Germany, plans to expand its open access (OA) programme by offering a fully OA option for books. This is expected to extend the company's SpringerOpen and BioMed Central journal portfolio, and its Springer Open Choice option. Any electronic version of a SpringerOpen book is fully and immediately OA, and thus freely accessible on SpringerLink for anyone in the world with access to the Internet.

SpringerOpen books are seen to give authors and editors in all areas of science the opportunity to publish OA with the same standards they are used to at Springer. The copyright for the entire OA book including every chapter remains with the editor/author.

SpringerOpen books are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) licence. This facilitates the open distribution and the free re-use and sharing of the work for non-commercial purposes, as long as the authors/editors are properly attributed. SpringerOpen Book titles will be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), the discovery service for OA books which increases visibility and findability of Springer's OA books.

Elsevier acquires Atira, deepens SciVal’s ability to help academic institutions manage and improve research outcomes
- 16 Aug 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the acquisition of Atira, a provider of software and tools that help academic institutions and researchers manage and improve their research outcomes. Atira complements Elsevier's SciVal by expanding the scope of data to report on research activities across an academic institution, and by broadening the range of tools and dashboards to analyse those data.

Atira’s main product, Pure, is a flexible research information system that enables the planning, evaluation and reporting of research activities. Pure accesses, extracts, incorporates and normalises data from internal data sources such as human resources, finance and grant awards systems, from research projects’ progress reports, from subscribed datasets such as Scopus and from other proprietary and public datasets, to enable a complete picture of the research enterprise.

Pure makes it easy to aggregate, process and visualise these disparate data sources into dashboards and tools, enabling research leaders to monitor and manage their institutions' research activities and to identify opportunities for improvement. Funding bodies and government departments also have an increasing thirst to collect, evaluate and analyse data. Pure’s tools help support this purpose by helping universities submit data, for instance, to national assessment exercises such as the UK's Research Excellence Framework.

Atira is a Danish company founded in 2002 and operating in Northern Europe. Its technical domain is computer science and software engineering with a focus on server-side software architecture and systems integration. Financial details of the acquisition have not being disclosed.

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Northwestern University joins VIVO network with Elsevier’s SciVal Experts
- 13 Aug 2012

Northwestern University, in collaboration with STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its participation in VIVO, a semantic network that enables the discovery of researchers across institutions. By bringing its researchers together in a single hub called Northwestern Scholars, an implementation of Elsevier's SciVal Experts research networking tool, and connecting to VIVO through SciVal, Northwestern University facilitates collaboration and accelerates knowledge discovery within the organisation and with other research institutions all through the US and beyond.

Northwestern Scholars provides the Northwestern University research community, other research organisations and the public with a networking website and searchable database to discover Northwestern faculty members' individual research expertise. The hub is populated with publication data from Elsevier's Scopus database and Northwestern University's own grants and faculty appointment data as well as investigators' curriculum vitae data. The application contains profiles for nearly 3,000 researchers across Northwestern's 12 schools, housing over 115,000 publications.

By connecting to the VIVO semantic network, Northwestern University can now share its data with other web-based applications that support research collaboration. VIVO uses a common data standard that allows research expertise software applications to work together seamlessly, and provides a framework for open discovery of research networks. VIVO-compliant software tools can now use Northwestern University's profile data to help scholars across the globe discover Northwestern faculty members' expertise, and in turn investigators at Northwestern can use the tools to find experts at other institutions.

SciVal Experts uses the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine, an advanced semantic technology, to identify investigators' specific areas of expertise. This makes it easier to find collaborators and build an intellectual inventory of the university. Now available to all institutions, SciVal Experts' VIVO integration can save organisations the substantial time and resources required to launch and maintain their own research networking system.

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Springer extends complimentary access for digital library project in Haiti
- 17 Jul 2012

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media will extend the period of free access to its online platform, Springerlink, through 2015 to 15,000 students and researchers in Haiti, as the country continues to rebuild in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. This donation, initially set to expire in 2013, will provide scientific content from about 2,000 research-level scientific journals, including French-language editions, and the state-of-the-art book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science and Lecture Notes in Mathematics.

The digital library project in Haiti is being set up by Bibliothèques sans Frontières (BSF) in partnership with the State University of Haiti. In total, 23 international publishing partners support this initiative to provide immediate and easy access to electronic information resources.

This innovative library project comes in response to the destruction of nine of Haiti’s 11 state university libraries. Students and researchers will be given free access to a vast range of content covering the latest research findings in science, technology, medicine, information technology, humanities and behavioural and social sciences.

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Elsevier’s Scopus now interoperable with the Lattes Platform
- 20 Jun 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Scopus, which claims to be the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature, is interoperable with the Lattes Platform, Brazil’s national database for research and science activity, through a newly developed application.

The new Curriculo Lattes Application links Scopus to the Lattes Platform providing easier access to the extensive research author data contained in Curriculo Lattes, a part of the Lattes Platform, which contains the résumés of Brazilian researchers, students and technical professionals.

Developed using the Elsevier Application Framework, the Curriculo Lattes App will be featured on each Scopus Author Details page. Currently 11,000 Brazilian authors in Curriculo Lattes are mapped to matching Scopus author IDs allowing users to access relevant profiles easily between the two databases. More Brazilian researchers will soon be mapped in Scopus and added to the application.

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 19,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage.

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Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation gains access to Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus and SciVal Funding
- 19 Jun 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has reached an agreement with Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation, providing access to SciVerse Scopus and SciVal Funding. Skolkovo aims to strengthen the links between Russian and international science, technology, education, entrepreneurship and investment communities.

The Skolkovo Foundation manages direct investments in the Skolkovo Innovation Center, Russia’s hub of intellectual capital, a city of high tech industries stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. The development of the Skolkovo Innovation Center was initiated in 2010 after President Medvedev announced his commitment to Russia’s investments in R&D. It has since attracted leading global technology companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Boeing and Ericsson, integrating Russia’s R&D programme into the international innovation environment.

Skolkovo Innovation Center is also home to a major overarching innovation-technology university with direct involvement of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Russia’s leading technology universities. Providing this university with secured access to SciVerse Scopus and SciVal Funding will further support Skolkovo’s core mission to foster Russia’s technological innovations and bundle research activities to address critical issues at a national as well as global level.

Covering the world's research literature, SciVerse Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyse and visualise research. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly19,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage.

Elsevier’s SciVal suite of services supports academic and government leadership in evaluating, establishing and executing research strategies that optimise the performance of existing assets and maximise investments to enhance near and long-term productivity. SciVal tools leverage Scopus data to offer innovative yet authoritative solutions.

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Elsevier announces new enhancement to SciVal Strata
- 14 Jun 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has added a new enhancement to SciVal Strata, a web-based performance evaluation tool that allows users to conduct highly customised performance assessments of research teams and individual researchers.

The new functionality provides the capacity for objective assessment of a specific selection of a researcher's work in addition to their complete publication output. This option is critical when selecting the most impactful papers to be submitted for various government or institutional assessments. In addition the enhanced functionality will prove useful to individuals applying for grants and showing funders the impact of the research they supported.

SciVal Strata is a flexible benchmarking tool providing multi-tier analysis of team and researcher performance such as productivity, citation history, and collaboration activity. The added functionality was developed in global collaboration with users and with Elsevier's online community of research administrators.

The new functionality to SciVal Strata will help administrators and researchers apply for funding by demonstrating the value of research carried out to the supporting funding source; secure tenure in the US through the evaluation of four hand-selected papers; submit four papers per researcher for the UK's Research Excellence Framework national assessment exercise; and assess researchers based upon a selection of their work connected to a specific institution.

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Springer and the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library Consortium sign licensing agreement
- 05 Jun 2012

STM publisher Springer and the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library Consortium (SHEDL) recently signed an agreement for access to electronic journal subscriptions and eBooks on Springer’s platform SpringerLink.

Every SHEDL member will now have access to an enormous database of content consisting of nearly 2,000 journals and over 40,000 eBooks. The license will run for a period of three years starting in 2012, and unlimited DRM free access will be given to all higher education institutions across Scotland.

According to Jill Evans, Service Development Manager, Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL), opening access to Springer eBooks and eJournals is a significant step to support the learning, teaching and research agenda. The availability of Springer’s content through SHEDL ensures equitable access for SCURL users and contributes to creating the infrastructure for a digital library for Scotland.

SHEDL aims to achieve a shared digital library in Scotland with easier access to online content in order to support research, learning and teaching through collaboration and combined purchasing power. Led by the SCURL, SHEDL is the first super-consortial purchasing scheme of its kind in the UK. The SHEDL members are the Scottish Higher Education Institutions and the National Library of Scotland.

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More than 20,000 individual Springer titles now available on Apple’s iBookstore
- 24 Apr 2012

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media has announced one of the largest scientific, technical and medical (STM) book collections on the iBookstore with more than 20,000 individual Springer titles.

Cornerstone works in disciplines like mathematics, medicine and engineering are now available, along with selections in other fields such as business and economics. Titles include the Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology and the highly regarded book series Graduate Texts in Mathematics.

Springer is currently undertaking an exhaustive effort to digitise all of its books dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. By making most of its entire collection – both new and archived titles – available through its SpringerLink platform, Springer offers STM researchers far more opportunities to obtain and apply content.

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Thieme expands E-Book Library, adds new titles
- 07 Mar 2012

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the expansion of its E-Book Library with the addition of titles in the areas of anatomy, complementary medicine, dermatology, neurology, and toxicology. Some of the most popular features of the site include offline viewing, as well as the ability to set up personalised accounts.

Thieme E-book Library gives students, researchers, and clinicians access to an online collection of well illustrated, full-colour textbooks from Thieme's renowned Color Atlases and Flexibook series. The books included in this online library cover every course in the medical school curriculum, making them an exceptionally good resource for learning, review, and research in medicine and the life sciences.

With Thieme E-book Library, individuals can directly download any book in the library to their personal computer, to view offline when no Internet connection is available. Page display is fast and easy, and users can set up profiles and personalise their accounts to manage their bookmarks and notes.

New titles and editions will be continually added to Thieme E-book Library as they are published.

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Elsevier announces completion of Kyoto University’s study on research activities and competencies at universities across Japan
- 06 Mar 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the completion Kyoto University's study on research activities and competencies at universities across Japan. The study was based on analyses of data driven from Elsevier's multidisciplinary abstract and citation database, SciVerse Scopus.

Measuring the effect of the Japanese government's 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program, the study concludes that in five of eight research fields studied, research funded by the COE programme excels in terms of both quantity and quality of output. The COE programme is a large research funding scheme investing in research activities at universities across Japan,

Using data from SciVerse Scopus Dr. Takanori Ida, professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University and lead researcher of the study, measured annual growth in number of papers published (quantity) and citations received (quality), and whether the research had been funded through the COE programme. In five of the eight research fields studied, research funded by the programme showed a significant increase in output as well as citations received compared to research not funded by the programme. These fields are: life science, humanities, medical science, information sciences and mechanical engineering.

Covering the world's research literature, SciVerse Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research. SciVerse Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 19,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, SciVerse Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches.

Details on the published study can be found at http://www.econ.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~ida//4Hoka/21coe/COEsummary2.pdf#page=03.

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New Faculty of 1000 application helps researchers identify best research in Biology and Medicine covered in Elsevier's SciVerse
- 17 Feb 2012

Article evaluation services provider Faculty of 1000 (F1000), UK, has announced the launch of a new application that helps researchers explore the scientific content in biology and medicine included in Elsevier's SciVerse platform.

Once a SciVerse user adds the app, the articles that have been highlighted by the F1000 faculty will display a badge that, when clicked, brings the user to the F1000 evaluation.

SciVerse Applications and the Developer Network provide opportunities for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The Developer Network features a growing community of application developers that gain potential recognition, prestige and revenue through their contributions to SciVerse Applications.

Faculty of 1000 is a unique online service that selects and evaluates important articles based on the opinions of global leaders in biology and medicine. F1000's distinguished international Faculty identify key articles across these fields, providing a rapidly updated, authoritative guide to the life science literature that matters.

The SciVerse suite of search and discovery offerings provides the global research community access to a constantly expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be accessed in one platform. The suite currently includes SciVerse ScienceDirect, the world's largest source of peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles, and SciVerse Scopus, an abstract and citation database containing 41 million records, 70 percent with abstracts and nearly 19,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide.

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Springer and Korea Concrete Institute partner to publish OA journal
- 16 Feb 2012

STM publisher Springer and the Korea Concrete Institute (KCI) have announced a partnership to publish the International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials (IJCSM). As a fully sponsored open access journal, it will be part of the SpringerOpen portfolio, available on www.springerlink.com.

The International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials is the official journal of the KCI. It covers the various aspects of concrete, including material research, construction, structure analysis and design, manufacturing methods, repair and strengthening, and the latest analytical and modeling methods. Published twice a year, this interdisciplinary journal seeks to serve as a forum providing state-of-the-art information on concrete-related subjects. The international editorial board, made up of experts and scholars from over 15 countries, guarantees the high academic quality of the articles.

As an open access journal, all research results from IJCSM will be freely available online. SpringerOpen journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license, which facilitates the open distribution of copyrighted work. According to this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights.

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Elsevier’s new expert discovery application enables collaboration by connecting SciVerse Hub to DIRECT2Experts
- 15 Feb 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of an expert identification and discovery application that connects SciVerse Hub, a platform for search, analysis and research synthesis, with the DIRECT2Experts online network of scientific researchers.

The Direct2Experts Expert Discovery Application enables researchers to find potential collaborators who conduct related research within a variety of expertise areas while they search for abstracts and full-text articles from multiple sources directly within SciVerse Hub, resulting in workflow enhancement.

Many of the institutions in the DIRECT2Experts network use SciVal Experts, Elsevier’s expertise profiling and research networking tool that is pre-populated with publication histories from the SciVerse Scopus database. The new expert discovery application helps users make connections between the wide range of scientific data in SciVerse Hub and researchers at particular institutions that use SciVal Experts and other research networking tools, including VIVO, Harvard’s Profiles Research Networking Software, Stanford Community Academic Profiles and the University of Iowa’s Loki.

DIRECT2Experts is a pilot project facilitated by the Research Networking Group of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), a consortium led by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Research Resources.

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Elsevier and RFBR in deal to provide Russian research institutes with access to SciVerse ScienceDirect
- 02 Feb 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Russian Foundation of Basic Research (RFBR) to provide 150 Russian research institutes with access to SciVerse ScienceDirect as well as trial access to SciVerse Scopus. This one-year license agreement is part of a formal collaboration programme between Elsevier and RFBR until 2014.

The Russian Foundation for Basic Research is a self-governing foundation existing in the form of a federal institution run under the jurisdiction of the government of the Russian Federation. Its main goal is to provide support and assistance to research work in all areas of fundamental science on a competitive basis. The foundation distributes federal funding to the most advanced research projects originating both from Russian universities as well as from institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The RFBR is part of G8 scientific foundations family and enjoys close cooperation ties with all key funding bodies across the globe.

The SciVerse suite of search and discovery offerings provide the global research community access to a constantly expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be accessed in one platform. The suite currently includes SciVerse ScienceDirect, which claims to be the world’s largest source of peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles, and SciVerse Scopus, an abstract and citation database containing 41 million records. The platform also includes SciVerse Hub which enables researchers to perform a single search across all of the SciVerse content as well as targeted web content with results ranked by relevancy and without duplication.

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BioMed Central notes expanded use of 'Availability of supporting data section' in journals
- 20 Jan 2012

Open Access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that since it introduced additional data sharing resources for authors and editors last year, there have been a number of further developments in the field that have necessitated an update to its supporting data information.

Eight more journals, including Retrovirology, Cell & Bioscience and Frontiers in Zoology, have introduced the 'Availability of supporting data' section. The aim is to either encourage or require all authors to consistently link their supporting data to their publication, or clearly indicate supporting data are included within the article and its additional files.

As well as increasing links between articles and data, another aim of the 'Availability of supporting data' section is help address this issue – to increase academic credit for data sharing by encouraging data citation. This month the publisher has made data citation even more strongly encouraged with an update to BioMed Central's reference style guide, found in any journal's instructions for authors. It now explicitly mentions datasets and provides an example of a dataset citation.

Data citation is recommended according to the standards proposed by DataCite, where persistent identifiers are displayed as linkable, permanent URLs. The 'Availability of supporting data' resources page has been updated with more information on citing and linking to data, in particular a link to a comprehensive guide from the Digital Curation Centre.

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SpringerLink now offers over 50,000 eBooks
- 20 Jan 2012

STM publisher Springer has announced that its online platform SpringerLink now offers more than 50,000 eBooks. SpringerLink provides electronic access to scientific and specialist journals, eBooks, book series and reference works. The publications cover topics from 12 subject collections such as mathematics, computer science, medicine, engineering, economics, law, humanities and social sciences.

As announced in October 2011, Springer will digitise nearly all books it has published since 1842. By adding the Springer Book Archives to SpringerLink by the end of 2012, the total number of titles will increase to over 100,000 eBooks, including valuable historic research dating back to the 1840s.

Springer launched its eBook collection in 2006. For the fifth anniversary, the publishing house consulted leading librarians across the academic, corporate and government sectors to gain their perspective on the past, present and future of the eBook revolution.

Springer collected the best practices about library implementation, business models and the paper-to-electronic transition, and included these insights in a far-reaching white paper. This paper, written for librarian, publisher and aggregator audiences, explores the shared challenges and opportunities that eBooks present to key stakeholders. The white paper is now available and can also be picked up at the Springer booth at the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

Springer eBooks' PDF and HTML documents are fully searchable, free of Digital Rights Management and can be downloaded, printed, and also loaded onto mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones. In addition, once a library purchases Springer's eBook Collection, they own the book content for their use in perpetuity. The Springer eBook Collection provides MARC 21 records, free of charge. In addition, OCLC MARC records for Springer eBooks are available free of charge to eBook customers.

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Elsevier and Tsinghua University Department of Computer Science and Technology collaborate to introduce new research productivity solutions
- 19 Jan 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has collaborated with Tsinghua University Department of Computer Science and Technology in Beijing to introduce four new research productivity enhancing applications for SciVerse Applications.

The applications – GeneTUKit, Company Search, Patent Search and Topic Cloud – seek to help researchers identify the hottest topics being published, find relevant companies, patents or experts, and automatically discover genes within articles.

GeneTUKit recognises gene mentions in article and abstract content within SciVerse ScienceDirect or SciVerse Scopus and links the concepts to knowledge databases like NCBI. Company Search identifies companies relevant to a SciVerse ScienceDirect search query and links to profile information on PatentMiner. Patent Search finds patents related to a SciVerse Hub or SciVerse ScienceDirect search query, ranks results based on relevance and links to patents on PatentMiner. Topic Cloud displays top subtopics related to a SciVerse ScienceDirect query as a word cloud.

Elsevier began collaborating in late 2010 with Associate Professor Jie Tang at the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University to develop Expert Search, an application that identifies computer science experts through Arnetminer, followed by the development of the Company Search, Patent Search and Topic Cloud applications. Elsevier partnered with Assistant Professor Minlie Huang to create the GeneTUKit application.

The ongoing collaboration has also led to the launch of the China Science Challenge, an online competition open to university students to develop solutions that help researchers in their research tasks.

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Springer launches interdisciplinary open access journal, SpringerPlus
- 13 Jan 2012

Scientific publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has launched a new open access journal, SpringerPlus, under its SpringerOpen portfolio. It is the publisher's first open access journal with a broad interdisciplinary approach covering the entire scientific spectrum. Papers from emerging areas of research are welcome.

A transparent and fast publication process is stated to be the hallmark of Springerplus, an online only journal. If a manuscript meets the necessary scientific criteria as determined by peer review, the paper will be accepted immediately and without major revision. The only thing that counts is the high quality of research described. The peer review process is organized efficiently so that authors can count on a very short time to publication.

SpringerPlus will feature interdisciplinary manuscripts describing original research, case studies and methods. It is projected to bridge the gap for all those authors unable to find an open access journal at the interface with adjoining disciplines for their research topic. The journal guarantees a high standard of scientific quality while extending the range of data formats, accepting audiovisual formats, data reports and extensive tables either as complete articles or part of the paper. There will be no restrictions on the number of words or figures, and articles detailing statistically negative correlation will be considered.

Springer claims to ensure distribution to the widest possible audience, maximising visibility and citations. Like all other SpringerOpen journals, SpringerPlus will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License. This means that authors retain copyright and all content is freely available in full to everyone immediately. Authors will be assessed a standard open access fee.

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Combined markets for STM publishing grew 3.4 percent in 2011, says Simba report
- 09 Jan 2012

Media and publishing forecast firm Simba Information, US, recently released a report that provides detailed market information for scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing, segmented by delivery medium - journals, books, online services, newsletters/looseleafs, directories, and other (audio, video and CD-ROM). According to the report, amid budgetary pressures and a slow economic recovery, the combined markets for STM publishing grew 3.4 percent to $21.1 billion in 2011.

The market is split evenly between the medical publishing segment and the scientific and technical publishing segment, with the latter posting a faster growth rate in 2011. Each segment is driven by a need for professionals to stay on top of the latest advances. However, a range of trends, including contracting library budgets against rising journal prices and a decline in pharmaceutical advertising, have deterred growth.

In the scientific and technical segment, journals lead the delivery medium with nearly 42 percent of the market, while online services (electronic products that link content with other types of data, software and solutions) came in second, but posted the fastest growth at 6.4 percent in 2011. The delivery medium ranking for medical publishing mirrors its scientific and technical counterpart, with the exception of online services which is the fourth leading medium.

The report, Global STM Publishing 2010-2011, analyses trends impacting the industry, including library cost pressures, the use of social networking, the outlook for pharmaceutical advertising and more. The report includes 20 detailed profiles of the leading STM publishers, including Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, Springer Science+Business Media, Pearson, Epocrates, Hearst and others.

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Springer launches SpringerLink mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch
- 04 Jan 2012

STM publisher Springer has announced the launch of the SpringerLink mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch. The app is free to download from the iTunes App Store providing access to the science platform www.springerlink.com containing articles and chapters from over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 49,000 books. In total SpringerLink is offering over 5.4 million documents spanning every area of science, technology and medicine.

The SpringerLink mobile app includes features like personalised notifications, save and share abilities, advanced search, document details with abstracts and full-text views available to institutional subscribers. In addition, the app provides users with a multi-functional home screen, allowing for keyword and advanced searches. Included in the advanced search is a save search feature that allows the user to save any advanced search so that it may be quickly executed from the home screen. The user can be notified from the app’s home screen when any new chapters or articles are published that meet the criteria of his or her saved search, allowing a user to specify his or her areas of interest and quickly check for new, relevant publications.

Free content in the form of article abstracts, over 127,000 open access research articles, plus book and journal covers and other document details are included in the app. Full-text is available to all users with institutional subscriptions. Users may instantly view materials while connected to a subscriber-based network. In cases where a user is not connected to the network but has a valid username and password, he or she will be presented with a link to log into SpringerLink.com. Upon log-in, the user will be redirected to the full-text PDF of the original request. Users can then share and save documents via email, Facebook and Twitter directly from the SpringerLink mobile app.

Springer’s content platform SpringerLink provides electronic access to more than 2,000 scientific and specialist journals, more than 48,000 eBooks, more than 1,500 book series and about 200 reference works. The publications cover topics from 12 subject collections such as mathematics, computer science, medicine, engineering, economics, law, humanities and social sciences. It also makes available 25,000 searchable online protocols in life sciences and biomedicine.

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St. Petersburg State University gains access to Elsevier’s key information products and solutions
- 20 Dec 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a three-year agreement with St. Petersburg State University providing access to Elsevier’s SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus, SciVal Spotlight and Reaxys.

The SciVerse suite of search and discovery offerings provides the global research community access to a constantly expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be accessed in one platform. The suite currently includes SciVerse ScienceDirect and SciVerse Scopus. The platform also includes SciVerse Hub beta, which enables researchers to perform a single search across all of the SciVerse content as well as targeted web content with results ranked by relevancy and without duplication. SciVerse Applications and Developer Network allow the scientific community to build, find and use applications that enhance the SciVerse research experience.

Elsevier’s SciVal suite of services supports academic and government leadership in evaluating, establishing and executing research strategies that optimise the performance of existing assets and maximise investments to enhance near and long-term productivity. Current suite offerings include SciVal Spotlight, SciVal Funding, SciVal Strata and SciVal Experts.

Reaxys is a workflow solution for research chemists that provides extensive information on chemical compounds, related physical and pharmacological properties, and synthesis information. Researchers can get the experimentally validated information they need in a single overview, from source publications carefully selected for their importance and relevance to research chemists.

St. Petersburg State University has collaborated with Elsevier over the past eight years, being one of the first Russian universities to evaluate and subscribe to Elsevier’s online resources in Russia. This three-year agreement to a number of Elsevier’s key information products and solutions provides researchers at St. Petersburg State University with 24/7 access to content, workflow tools and research assessment solutions.

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Elsevier makes AMMO RACK app available on SciVerse Applications
- 16 Dec 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of the AMMO RACK app on SciVerse Applications. Developed by mobile platform developer Amphetamobile (AMMO), the application enables users to save PDFs of interest in SciVerse for further organisation and consumption on their mobile devices.

Using the AMMO RACK app, researchers can store SciVerse article PDFs to an online AMMO RACK cloud storage account and then direct these articles to a complementary document management app for the iPad, iPod or iPhone. Once downloaded to the AMMO RACK app, users can easily sort, assign, read and annotate their documents, whether online or offline.

SciVerse Applications and the Developer Network provide opportunities for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The Developer Network features a growing community of application developers that gain potential recognition, prestige and revenue through their contributions to SciVerse Applications.

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Elsevier collaborates with LIPID MAPS to launch Lipid Structures app on SciVerse Applications
- 12 Dec 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of the Lipid Structures (beta) app on SciVerse Applications. The app was developed in collaboration with LIPID MAPS, a multi-institutional consortium aimed at increasing understanding of lipid metabolism, and the SciVerse Developer Network.

Lipid Structures (beta) identifies and links lipid names or synonyms in articles on SciVerse ScienceDirect, providing the user with supporting information on each particular lipid in context, such as the structure and other key information for that molecule as represented on the LIPID MAPS website. Information includes common and systematic names, formula, exact mass, InChIKey, classification hierarchy and links to other public databases. A panel in the side-bar also provides a convenient listing of lipid molecules in the article along with the number of occurrences within the article text.

The application draws on the LIPID MAPS Structure Database (LMSD), a relational database encompassing structures and annotations of biologically relevant lipids with over 30,000 unique lipid structures.

SciVerse Applications and the Developer Network provide opportunities for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The Developer Network features a growing community of application developers that gain potential recognition, prestige and revenue through their contributions to SciVerse Applications.

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Springer set to publish official publication of the American Vacuum Society
- 02 Dec 2011

STM publisher Springer has announced that it will publish Biointerphases: Journal for Quantitative Biological Interface Data, starting January 2012. An official publication of the American Vacuum Society (AVS), Biointerphases will be published as an open access journal under the brand SpringerOpen. It was previously published by the American Institute of Physics.

Biointerphases presents interdisciplinary coverage of all aspects of quantitative soft matter interfaces: chemistry, physics, engineering, theory and modeling. The peer-reviewed, quarterly journal features reviews, essays, original articles, reports, perspectives, editorial commentary and letters. Topics include interface spectroscopy, in vivo and in vitro mechanisms, interface modeling, adhesion phenomena, and protein-surface interactions, among others. Michael Grunze of the University of Heidelberg in Germany is the Editor-in-chief.

Authors who publish in SpringerOpen journals retain copyright under the Creative Commons Attribution License. Articles are freely available online and can be redistributed and reused. An easy-to-use submission system allows the upload of manuscripts in various formats as well as multimedia and datasets.

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JISC Collections and Elsevier renew agreement for e-journal content
- 30 Nov 2011

JISC Collections, the membership organisation that supports the provision of digital content for education and research in the UK, has agreed to the terms of a license to renew access for the next five years to Elsevier's journal content, via SciVerse ScienceDirect platform. The vast majority of researchers at UK academic institutions will now have online access to all over 2,000 Elsevier journals. Furthermore, the agreement also offers institutions multiple access options, depending on their needs.

JISC Collections and Elsevier stressed a shared commitment to investing in information as a driver of research excellence and efficiency. JISC Collections has initiated a series of projects to serve researchers and academic libraries, including projects developing effective and sustainable business models for e-resources, studies examining the needs and behaviours of modern students and researchers, and projects exploring how innovative tools and technology can support efficient library procurement.

Similarly, Elsevier is working with the UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and the 1994 Group on a series of initiatives to support the UK's goals of sustaining and advancing its leadership position in research.

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2012 eBook Frontlist collections now available for advance purchase on Elsevier’s SciVerse ScienceDirect
- 03 Nov 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its 2012 eBook Frontlist collections are available for advance purchase on SciVerse ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s online platform for scientific content. The 2012 collection covers 23 distinct subject areas, with individual titles scheduled to publish between January 1 and December 31, 2012.

This year sees an increase in the number of Science and Technology (S&T) titles, with more than 50 percent growth strategically delivered in each of the following top selling collections: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Science and Medicine, Chemistry and Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science. The chemistry collection alone has doubled in size while the Health Sciences (HS) Clinical Medicine collection has increased by 14 percent. These are all high quality titles, selected for relevance and published under imprints including Academic Press, Pergamon, North-Holland, W.B. Saunders, Mosby and Churchill Livingstone.

Some of the new eBook titles for SciVerse ScienceDirect include Atala/Lanza, Handbook of Stem Cells, 2e; Crichton, Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 2e; Wallisch, Matlab for Neuroscientists, 2e; Waterhouse, Rethinking Autism; Mettler, Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Imaging, 6e; and Spiro, Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4e. Librarians, researchers, and those interested in the eBooks 2012 Collections, or any previously published eBooks can visit http://www.info.sciverse.com/sciencedirect/content/books/lbi.

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Elsevier announces availability of Urban and Fischer Journal Archives on SciVerse ScienceDirect
- 02 Nov 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of Elsevier Urban & Fischer Journal Archives, three new backfile collections in the life and health sciences, on SciVerse ScienceDirect.

The new backfiles, published in English under the German imprint Urban & Fischer, contain journals concerning immunology and microbiology, medicine, and biochemistry. The biochemistry collection is scheduled for release in mid-November. The archives extend from1970, when the articles were first published in English, to 2000 and seamlessly link to volumes starting from 2001 already available on SciVerse ScienceDirect.

SciVerse ScienceDirect contains over a quarter of the world's full text STM peer-reviewed articles - managed by renowned editors, written by respected authors and read by researchers from around the globe. Elsevier's extensive full-text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature with more than ten million articles available online.

Coverage includes over 2,500 journal titles published by Elsevier with dynamic linking to journals from approximately 2,000 STM publishers through CrossRef. Additionally, SciVerse ScienceDirect contains an expanding library of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and over 10,000 eBooks in all fields of science seamlessly interlinked with primary research referenced in journal articles.

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Elsevier and EarthChem implement two-way linking for Earth Sciences content
- 28 Oct 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and EarthChem, a portal facilitating discovery and accessibility of a consortium of databases, have implemented two-way linking between their respective Earth Sciences content.

Elsevier-published research articles from 32 journals, hosted on SciVerse ScienceDirect will be automatically linked to the corresponding research datasets in the EarthChem portal, and vice versa, starting with the titles Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, Chemical Geology, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, and Lithos. The EarthChem portal provides access to data from federated community databases, namely PetDB, MetPetDB, SedDB, NAVDAT, and GEOROC, as well as unpublished data from the USGS and the GANSEKI database of the Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology JAMSTEC.

Elsevier claims to be the first publisher to offer direct linking from a scientific article to an EarthChem dataset. The initiative is the latest output of the Article of the Future project, the publisher's ongoing commitment to improve the reader experience in all areas of online article presentation, enriched and value-added content, and interoperability with external databases. Elsevier started a similar collaboration with the introduction in February 2010 of reciprocal linking between Elsevier and PANGAEA, and is continually looking to collaborate with other relevant organisations.

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Researchers and students in Japan gain access to Springer Journal Archives on SpringerLink
- 25 Oct 2011

STM publisher Springer and the Japan Alliance of University Library Consortia for E-Resources (JUSTICE) recently signed a comprehensive agreement for current electronic journal subscriptions and online journal back files on SpringerLink (www.springerlink.com).

Under the deal, Springer will provide access to 1,000 journals in the Springer Journal Archives from the first volume published up to 1999. Springer will also provide files to the National Institute of Informatics (NII). All universities in Japan will have access via NII-REO.

This agreement represents a cooperative milestone that creates a national infrastructure for academic information. Furthermore, with essential support from the NII, Springer and JUSTICE have agreed to reduce annual price increases for the current electronic journal subscriptions in this new framework.

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Wiley-Blackwell and JISC Collections announce new three year agreement
- 21 Oct 2011

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, and JISC Collections have announced a new three year NESLi2 agreement for the higher education and further education communities in the UK. This agreement offers libraries access to more than 1,500 journals on Wiley Online Library on mutually beneficial terms that take into account the financial challenges facing the library community at this time.

Customers have flexibility and choice; they can choose to license the full collection or a subset – whichever best meets the needs of their researchers and students – and are able to balance their selections with their budget constraints each year.

The agreement also reflects Wiley's recognition of cost per use as an important measure of value. By improving discoverability and increasing usage of its high quality content, Wiley is committed to providing better value for customers and reducing the average cost per download across the consortium over the term of the license.

JISC Collections was established by the UK Higher and Further Education funding councils, to support the procurement of digital content for education and research in the UK. It undertakes negotiations with a large number of scholarly and research publishers on behalf of UK universities and colleges in the area of e-journals, e-books, databases and datasets achieving best pricing and licensing conditions for its members.

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Elsevier introduces Protein Interaction Browser application on SciVerse ScienceDirect
- 12 Oct 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has introduced the Protein Interaction Browser, a new application available on SciVerse ScienceDirect. The Protein Interaction Browser allows readers to view and interactively explore protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks for all proteins in a scientific paper. The browser is currently available for the Elsevier-published journal FEBS Letters.

The global publisher collaborated with both the Department of Biology at the University of Rome, where the Protein Interaction Browser was developed, and the staff from MINT (Molecular INTeraction database), which contains protein-protein interactions expertly curated from the scientific literature. Elsevier is the first to incorporate this new technology into a journal.

The Protein Interaction Browser is one of the results of the Article of the Future project, which is designed to improve the readers' experience in all areas of article presentation SciVerse ScienceDirect, enriched content, and interoperability with external databases. The Protein Interaction Browser will be available for all other Elsevier applicable life sciences journals in the future.

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Students and researchers in Haiti gain access to SpringerLink
- 30 Sep 2011

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media is granting 15,000 students and researchers in Haiti access to its online platform SpringerLink.

Springer will provide students and researchers in Haiti with scientific content from about 2,000 research-level scientific journals including French-language editions and the state-of-the-art book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science and Lecture Notes in Mathematics. Access to journal articles and eBook content range from the current year back to 1997.

As Haiti continues to rebuild in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Bibliothèques sans Frontières (BSF) in partnership with the State University of Haiti is setting up a digital library project. In total, 23 international publishing partners support this initiative to provide immediate and easy access to electronic information resources.

The creation of this innovative library project aims to provide an efficient response to the destruction of 9 of Haiti’s 11 state university libraries. Students and researchers will have access to a vast range of content covering the latest research findings in science, technology, medicine, information technology, humanities, and behavioural and social sciences.

Access to Springer content is temporarily free of charge as ‘help for self-help’ to all users of the State University of Haiti for an initial period from 2011 to 2013. Thereafter, Springer will undertake a thorough review of the usage and impact this access has had for all the users in Haiti.

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Springer and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research announce license agreement
- 21 Sep 2011

STM publisher Springer, Germany, and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research have signed a first national license for the acquisition of scientific, medical and technical (STM) information on the online platform SpringerLink. The French agency ABES (Agence bibliographique de l'enseignement supérieur), a bibliographic agency for higher education in France, coordinated this agreement with Springer, assisted by the Couperin Consortium, the French national research council CNRS and other major French STM stakeholders.

Due to the cooperation of all the partners, the first contract and national license was signed on July 11, 2011 in France between ABES and Springer. The agreement covers archived articles from over 1,000 electronic journals from the first published volume up to and including 1996 (35,000 volumes or 22.3 million pages) and more than 8,500 eBooks, which are part of books series published before 2004 (an additional 2.94 million pages).

Agence bibliographique de l'enseignement supérieur was created in 1994 to create and manage computer systems, facilitating the bibliographic mission of universities and institutes in France. In particular, they were responsible for the creation of SUDOC, the collective French national catalogue for higher education. Since 2002, the agency has diversified into different areas including the purchasing of e-resources. It works in close collaboration with the Couperin Consortium, a network of universities, research institutions and other organisations which negotiates and arranges for the purchase of electronic library resources for its members.

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UK Higher Education Funding Bodies select Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus as Data Provider for 2014 Research Excellence Framework
- 20 Sep 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that four UK Higher Education Funding Bodies (representing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) will use Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus database as the sole bibliometric provider for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The Framework was developed to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

The team at Elsevier will provide automated matching between submitted publications and their associated metadata and citations in the Scopus database. This will be updated in real time, to assure that the maximum number of citations are counted. Assessment panels who have opted to use bibliometric data will be provided with citation information, as well as contextual information (i.e. the article is in the top 10 percent of cited articles) within each specific field.

Covering the world's research literature, SciVerse Scopus claims to be is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyse and visualise research. SciVerse Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, SciVerse Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches.

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Springer releases new web tool to increase quality of metadata
- 13 Sep 2011

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has released a new web tool that allows cataloguers and librarians to easily download tailor-made batches of MARC records (Machine-Readable-Cataloging) or eBook title lists. The new tool, projected to increase the quality of metadata, allows librarians to download a batch of records to a library’s Springer eBook collections. The tool is available through Springer’s MARC portal at www.springer.com/marc.

Apart from MARC records, the tool also allows a librarian to download a full or tailored title list of Springer eBooks. Each record in such title lists contain the main bibliographic information, as well as a URL to the eBook on SpringerLink.

Springer disseminates its eBooks on SpringerLink. In addition to the tool on its website, Springer can also deliver MARC records through FTP, directly to an institution’s FTP server.

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Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus selected by Australian Research Council for ERA 2012 Research Assessment
- 13 Sep 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Australian Research Council has selected SciVerse Scopus for the third time as the sole citation provider for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment for 2012.

ERA is an Australian Government initiative to assess the quality of research undertaken in Australia's higher education institutions, using a combination of indicators and expert review by internationally-recognised researchers with expertise in research evaluation. The 2009 ERA trial covered two discipline clusters, namely Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences (PCE) and Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA). In 2010, the full ERA process was conducted.

The ERA 2012 assessment will open for submissions in March 2012 for all participating Higher Education providers. Further details about ERA 2012 are available at http://www.arc.gov.au/era/default.htm.

The Australian Research Council is a statutory authority within the Australian Government's Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio. It advises the Australian Government on research matters and manages the National Competitive Grants Program, a significant component of Australia's investment in research and development.

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Elsevier's Scopus data enables visualisation of international collaborative research networks for Max Planck Science Gallery
- 08 Sep 2011

STM publisher Elsevier has announced that its Scopus data enables visualisation of how densely Max Planck institutes are linked with their local and international partners. This visualisation is part of the new Max Planck Science Gallery in the Science Forum building at the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, to open on September 8, 2011. This innovative multimedia exhibition center offers a platform to inform the general public how Max Planck scientists are working on the advancement of science and about potential impact of their research on future developments in areas such as medicine or energy.

Collaboration amongst scientists is seen to be increasingly important. About half of all scientific publications by German scientists are reportedly being produced in collaboration with international partner institutes. Elsevier's Scopus data helps researchers worldwide to identify current and potential research partners. The development of the visualisation at the Max Planck Science Gallery was coordinated by Information Visualizer Moritz Stefaner using Scopus data and shows how densely the Max Planck institutes are connected with other research partners at various universities and institutes.

In addition to the traditional Max Planck exhibitions like the 'Science Tunnel' and the 'Science Express', the Max Planck Science Gallery offers a novel experience centre and meeting point opening doors to the Max Planck Society.

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Springer and Network of Alabama Academic Libraries sign eBook deal
- 07 Sep 2011

STM publisher Springer and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) have signed a license which grants the consortium perpetual access to Springer eBooks on SpringerLink.

This state-wide agreement includes a customised license for Springer’s eBook Collections in Business and Economics, Biomedical and Life Sciences, and Behavioral Sciences. From large academic libraries such as Auburn University and the University of Alabama, to smaller institutions such as Tuskeegee University and Spring Hill College, all of NAAL’s 21 general members will have access under this agreement.

NAAL is an unincorporated consortium of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and Alabama’s eligible public and private four-year colleges and universities. The purpose of the consortium is to coordinate academic library resource sharing to enhance education and research. Other research libraries not affiliated with educational institutions may join as nonvoting cooperative members.

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New BioMed Central journal calls for submissions
- 31 Aug 2011

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that its new open access journal Extreme Physiology & Medicine is now accepting submissions.

Extreme Physiology & Medicine focuses on integrative human physiology under conditions of physiological stress, including that exerted by extreme environments, exercise, and certain clinical conditions. The concept underpinning the journal is that the study of human systems under extreme stress can enhance understanding of disease processes and the treatment of patients.

Topics of interest include the physiological and medical implications of exposure to high altitude and hypoxia; hyperbaric conditions and diving; aerospace; extremes of temperature; intense or endurance exercise. The journal is jointly overseen by Editors-in-Chief Mike Grocott and Hugh Montgomery. They are supported by specialist Section Editors, and an impressive Editorial Board.

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Elsevier's SciVal Experts announce participation in DIRECT2Experts pilot project
- 23 Aug 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that 14 institutions that use its directory of research expertise, SciVal Experts, now participate in DIRECT2Experts. This online network allows users from academic institutions throughout the US to find potential research collaborators, regardless of their local platforms and tools.

DIRECT2Experts is a pilot project facilitated by the Research Networking Group of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), a consortium led by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resources.

Users at institutions participating in the DIRECT2Experts network have the opportunity to connect with researchers at other organisations in a growing national research community, which could expand globally in the future. Individual researchers can search and view researcher profiles in SciVal Experts in addition to a variety of other databases such as Harvard Catalyst Profiles, Stanford's Community Academic Profiles (CAP), VIVO at Cornell University and University of Florida, and Loki at the University of Iowa. Currently, 14 of the 29 institutions in the DIRECT2Experts network utilise SciVal Experts. These include: Johns Hopkins University; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; University of Michigan; and University of California Davis.

Elsevier's SciVal suite of services supports academic and government leadership in evaluating, establishing and executing research strategies that optimize the performance of existing assets and maximize investments to enhance near and long-term productivity. SciVal tools leverage Scopus data, Elsevier's trusted source of bibliometric data, to offer innovative yet authoritative solutions.

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Springer and Beijing Normal University launch new OA journal - International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
- 03 Aug 2011

STM publisher Springer and the Beijing Normal University have announced the launch of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS). As a fully sponsored open access journal, it will be included in the SpringerOpen portfolio, available on Springer's online platform SpringerLink.

The SpringerOpen model allows the journal's contents to be fully and immediately open access, available to anyone with an Internet connection. The journal is part of Springer's Chinese Library of Science (CLoS) collection, which comprises more than 90 English-language research journals from China.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Science publishes research articles addressing theoretical and methodological issues in disaster science, emergency response technology, and risk management; large-scale disaster risk governance; and case studies and comparative research on responses to catastrophes. Its primary aim is to create an exchange platform where researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in the field of disaster risk can collaborate in order to improve the international, national and regional capacities for disaster risk analysis, management, and governance. The international editorial board, made up of renowned experts and scholars, guarantees the high academic standards of the articles and supports a rapid manuscript review process.

SpringerOpen journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license, which facilitates the open distribution of copyrighted works. Under this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights.

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Elsevier introduces new interactive feature on SciVerse ScienceDirect to enrich content of articles
- 02 Aug 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has introduced Genome Viewer, a new interactive feature on SciVerse ScienceDirect for applicable life sciences journals. The Genome Viewer is a SciVerse application that displays detailed gene or genomic sequence information on the genes mentioned in an article.

The Genome Viewer utilises a genome browser developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health (NCBI). Elsevier collaborated with the NCBI as it was developing the browser, and is the first publisher to incorporate the technology into an application for viewing detailed information about the gene sequences that are mentioned in articles.

When an author of an article tags a gene sequence, Elsevier matches this gene with information in NCBI's databases and pulls this information into the article. This allows readers of the article to get specific information about each strand by hovering over it, and also offers functionality such as flipping the strands, zooming to a sequence, or going to a specific position to define a track of interest within the sequence.

The Genome Viewer also allows the user to download the complete list of genes and/or genomes referred in the article along with their respective GenBank accession numbers. This functionality was added based on recommendations of domain experts interviewed.

The Genome Viewer is one of the results of the Article of the Future project, which is designed to improve the readers' experience in all areas of presentation, and offers value-added content and interoperability with external databases. The Genome Viewer will be available for all other Elsevier applicable life sciences journals in the future.

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Elsevier announces enhancements to Web-based research tool, illumin8
- 28 Jul 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the expansion of illumin8, its semantic search tool first launched in 2008. illumin8, which indexes scientific, patent, news and web content from Elsevier and other trusted sources, now offers a range of new features. These include an improved ability to explore technology trends and white space opportunities, evaluate potential new technologies and product applications, and compare organisations, products, people and approaches.

The functionality of illumin8 is further enhanced by the introduction of illumin8 Reports - customisable documents that users can create to share their findings and analysis of a research topic. The new functionality was developed based on customer requests and testing with a representative group drawn from the thousands of illumin8 users worldwide - including innovation leaders and R&D scientists and engineers from leading Fortune 500 companies. illumin8 customers come from across industries such as automotive, chemicals, and consumer packaged goods. The web-based tool has been enhanced to closely align with its users' workflow and the questions they need to answer at the front-end of innovation.

illumin8 supports an organisation's innovation platform by helping identify new technologies and applications for product development, supporting risk assessment of entering new market space, uncovering competitor activity and helping identify potential new partners or suppliers. Unlike regular search platforms, illumin8 is able to easily identify and show relationships between concepts and entities such as technologies, organisations, products, and scientific approaches.

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Audio reader application enables researchers to listen to scientific articles on SciVerse ScienceDirect
- 26 Jul 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of an audio reader application from iSpeech, provider of cloud-based speech technology and mobile apps, on SciVerse Applications beta. The iSpeech Audio Reader is the latest in a growing list of applications enhancing the use of SciVerse ScienceDirect content to improve researchers' workflows.

The iSpeech Audio Reader text-to-speech application instantly converts any full-text article within SciVerse ScienceDirect into a natural sounding voice file. SciVerse ScienceDirect claims to be the world's largest source of peer-reviewed scientific content containing more than 10 million articles. It enables researchers to easily convert articles into MP3 audio files and listen to them on any MP3-friendly device.

The iSpeech Audio Reader application stems from a collaborative relationship between iSpeech and Elsevier developed following a 24-hour hackathon hosted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Elsevier. Jesse Campbell, a graduate student at NJIT and software developer at iSpeech, and fellow NJIT graduate student Metin Yorulmaz won first place for the SV Social application which allows users to mark a favourite article, share articles on social networks and convert text to speech.

SciVerse Applications and the Developer Network provide opportunities for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The Developer Network features a growing community of application developers that gain potential recognition, prestige and revenue through their contributions to SciVerse Applications.

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Elsevier integrates two new collaboration analyses capabilities within SciVal Strata
- 13 Jul 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced two new collaboration analyses capabilities - Geographical Collaboration Network and Author Network - available within SciVal Strata, a web-based tool focused on the evaluation of research performance.

SciVal Strata offers researchers and research administrators the flexibility to construct relevant contextual data to benchmark research teams or individual researchers, using a range of indicators based on Elsevier's Scopus data. The collaboration analysis capabilities add a novel dimension to SciVal Strata, enabling users to assess collaboration between researchers.

Geographical Collaboration Network enables research administrators and researchers to view the locations by region and country where a researcher or research team is or has collaborative links. Furthermore, it allows users to observe activity trends over time for any specific region or country.

Author Network allows users to view the complete team in which researchers or research teams collaborated. Moreover, it indicates how often those co-authors have published with that individual or team displaying their prestige according to the h- or g-Indices, measures that represent a combination of productivity and citation impact.

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Unique funding tool integrated into SciVal Experts
- 07 Jul 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of a new tool in its expertise management solution SciVal Experts. The tool seamlessly links opportunities within SciVal Funding, Elsevier's funding intelligence solution, to researcher profiles within SciVal Experts, automating the process of matching expertise with grants.

Powered by the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine, the tool helps researchers maximise award success by delivering targeted recommendations for funding opportunities and providing suggestions regarding potential collaborators for awards. Administrators and research development professionals can distribute relevant funding opportunities, form teams to pursue awards and keep track of faculty members' interest in the recommendations by centrally managing the pre-award process.

With rising competition for funding, researchers need immediate access to relevant opportunities and suggested collaborators to maximise award success, while administrators often struggle to find the right funding opportunities for their faculty or the time to form effective research teams. This new tool within SciVal Experts addresses these dual needs by recommending appropriate funding opportunities and suggested collaborators to researchers and administrators.

SciVal Experts is a directory of researcher expertise that makes it easy for researchers, administrators, research development professionals and senior leadership to find experts and enable collaboration within their institution and across organisations. SciVal Funding is a comprehensive funding intelligence tool, which optimises the pre-award stage of the research cycle. SciVal Funding leads researchers, administrators and research development professionals to grants with the greatest potential for success by integrating current funding opportunities with publication information and historical award data.

The new tool within SciVal Experts is available to institutions that have access to both SciVal Experts and SciVal Funding.

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International Journal of Disaster Risk Science becomes 50th journal to be included in SpringerOpen
- 30 Jun 2011

STM publisher Springer has announced that the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS) is the 50th journal to be included in SpringerOpen, an open access initiative launched one year ago. IJDRS focuses on theoretical and methodological issues in disaster science, emergency response technology and risk management. The open access journal is fully sponsored by the Beijing Normal University.

Springer started its open access initiative in order to expand open access to all disciplines within the science, technology and medicine (STM) fields. Most of the newly launched SpringerOpen journals derive from the fields of engineering, medicine and mathematics. Springer's BioMed Central provided the expertise and technology to help successfully establish the SpringerOpen portfolio.

SpringerOpen journals are e-only journals. The global publisher is committed to delivering high-quality articles and ensuring rapid publication as with its traditional journals, using online submission systems and in-depth peer review for an efficient, author-friendly production process. The final articles are not only published in a timely manner on Springer's online information platform SpringerLink, but are also distributed to archives such as PubMed Central and to institutional repositories as requested.

SpringerOpen journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license, which facilitates the open distribution of copyrighted work. According to this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights.

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Springer launches SpringerReference.com
- 23 Jun 2011

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media has launched SpringerReference.com, a new platform for researchers and academic and corporate libraries. It offers living editions of Springer's eReferences well in advance of their print editions across every subject. Through the platform, scientists can submit updates to articles whenever they want or deem necessary to keep up with the demand for the most recent scientific developments. SpringerReference.com thus offers a way to quickly publish major reference works which need to be constantly updated with the most up-to-date research findings.

The 'Live eReference' updates submitted by scientists are peer reviewed to ensure that all content on SpringerReference.com meets the same high standards for quality and integrity that libraries and researchers have come to expect from Springer. These updates are all accessible on one single platform and are interlinked with each other. New articles can easily be added and existing ones updated.

At launch, the new SpringerReference.com gives access to 146 major reference works, corresponding to about 185,000 articles and 220,000 pages. The platform will grow as updates and content are added.

Springer References comprise encyclopaedias, handbooks and other types of major reference works. The Springer References are multivolume publications, managed by expert scientific boards of editors. The Reference Editorial Office publishes more than 40,000 entries a year covering a wide spectrum of sciences from biomedicine to engineering, from computer science to environmental science and from mathematics to human sciences. The contributions are written in such a way that the reader will benefit from them, even if the field is not his or her area of expertise.

SpringerReference.com can be purchased on a subscription-based model.

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Island Press eBooks on ecology and environment now available on SpringerLink
- 22 Jun 2011

STM publisher Springer has announced a partnership with Island Press, a non-profit environmental publisher, for the distribution of their titles electronically for the next two years. Under the deal, Island Press books will be featured in Springer's eBook Collections of scientific, technical and medical publications on www.springerlink.com.

The collaboration will allow Springer to use its long-term library relationships as well as its international sales and marketing teams to open up the global institutional market to the Island Press publishing programme.

The partnership will promote the work of Island Press' author list that includes internationally recognised water expert Peter H. Gleick, ecological champion David W. Orr, and sustainable community authority Timothy Beatley. The collaboration, beginning this copyright year, includes about 20 new Island Press titles annually in Springer's Earth and Environmental Sciences eBook Collection.

Island Press will continue to distribute print and individual electronic versions of these titles.

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Free access to research articles on E. coli bacteria available on SpringerLink
- 02 Jun 2011

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media has announced that it is offering all journal articles and book chapters which deal with the E. coli bacteria free of charge on its online information platform www.springerlink.com. The articles can be found by using the search terms 'Enterohaemorrhagic and Escherichia and coli' or by using the link www.springer.com/ehec. A total of over 400 scientific articles are available to print out or download from now until September 1, 2011.

The E. coli strain of bacterium has the potential to cause severe diarrhea, followed by serious organ system damage. During the past few weeks, a significant increase in the number of patients with the disease has been reported in Europe, especially in Germany. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control says transmission of the strain of bacterium, commonly found in cattle, usually occurs through contaminated food or water and contact with animals.

The articles which are available free of charge concern the better-known and less aggressive strain E. coli 0157:H7. For further information and daily reports on the E. coli infection, interested parties may visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute. Information is available in English.

SpringerLink is a comprehensive online collection of scientific, technological and medical journals, books and reference works. Originally launched in 1996, SpringerLink provides students and researchers with electronic access to more than 45,000 eBooks, 2,000 peer-reviewed Springer journals, as well as 23,000 protocols for laboratories.

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Google Maps functionality now available in Elsevier journals
- 01 Jun 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Google Maps functionality is now available in its journals. This new feature enriches online articles on SciVerse ScienceDirect with interactive maps, adapting to the needs of various scientific disciplines to visualise and interact with the author's geographic data.

Elsevier is one of the first publishers to introduce Google Maps functionality permanently in a selection of its journals, enhancing the online article, and serving the information needs of the scientific community. The Google Maps application enriches an article with research data that is visualized on an interactive map. These maps, which will appear in the online article on SciVerse ScienceDirect, are based on KML (geographic annotation) files created by authors.

The Google Maps functionality is initially piloted with seven journals on SciVerse ScienceDirect, in earth sciences, life sciences, and social sciences. Scaling up to all applicable Elsevier journals on SciVerse ScienceDirect is expected to happen later this year.

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Springer set to launch new open access journal - Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences
- 25 May 2011

STM publisher Springer is set to launch a new open access journal, Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences (HCIS). Scheduled for launch in June 2011, the journal will become part of the SpringerOpen portfolio. It will be fully sponsored by the Korea-based Future Technology Research Association International (FTRA).

Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences is one of the official international journals of the FTRA. The journal covers the multifaceted aspects of human-centric computing technology and information sciences with its convergence strategies. The goal of this interdisciplinary journal is to bring together researchers from academia and industry as well as practitioners to share ideas, problems and solutions from this field.

As an open access journal, all research results from HCIS will be freely available online.

SpringerOpen journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license, which facilitates the open distribution of copyrighted work. According to this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights.

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Springer and TEMIS extend partnership on semantic analysis of scientific content
- 23 May 2011

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media and US-based text analytics solutions provider TEMIS have agreed on a broad extension of their strategic collaboration on semantic enrichment and linking of content for the SpringerLink platform. SpringerLink claims to be one of the world's largest distribution platforms for scientific eBooks and eJournals.

Springer and TEMIS have a long and successful track-record of joint work aimed at facilitating information access on the SpringerLink portal by offering intuitive navigational tools to customers searching for the scientific content most relevant to their topics of interest. At the core of this partnership, TEMIS's flagship Luxid Content Enrichment Platform leverages a sophisticated combination of linguistic and statistical methods to calculate semantic relatedness among the millions of publications accessible on SpringerLink. This enables the automatic recommendation for each available article or book chapter of a selection of highly-relevant, semantically-related documents, without requiring specific editorial efforts.

The goal of the recent extension of the Springer-TEMIS partnership is to generalise this approach to link not only documents to each other, but also to concepts originating from structured domain-specific vocabularies and to key topics derived from the documents' content.

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Springer and Kunming Institute of Botany set to launch new OA journal - Natural Products and Bioprospecting
- 10 May 2011

STM publisher Springer and the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), are set to launch a new journal - Natural Products and Bioprospecting (NPAB).

NPAB is a fully sponsored open access journal, and will be included in the SpringerOpen portfolio, available on www.springerlink.com. The journal is part of Springer's Chinese Library of Science (CLoS), a collection comprising more than 90 English-language research journals from China.

The journal aims to serve as an international forum for essential research on all branches of natural products, including plant biochemistry, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, biosynthesis and microbiological transformation, fermentation and plant tissue cultures and bioprospecting of natural products. The international editorial board, made up of renowned experts and scholars, guarantees the high academic standards of the articles and supports an expeditious manuscript-review process.

The SpringerOpen model allows the journal's contents to be fully and immediately open access, available to anyone with an Internet connection. SpringerOpen journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license, which facilitates the open distribution of copyrighted work. According to this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights.

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Elsevier launches online exam preparation tool for UK Medical school exams
- 09 May 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of Exam Consult, an online exam preparation and simulation tool. The first of several online question banks planned for 2011, the initial release offers preparation for the challenging medical finals exams.

Exam Consult offers students the opportunity to prepare with questions closely matched to their curriculum, written by expert contributors and assessed by a panel of experts. Further, the tool allows students to identify their areas of weakness by system, discipline, competence and in comparison to peers. This detailed analysis of results is uniquely available with Exam Consult and allows students to tailor their preparation, therefore maximising efficiency.

Students can further address their weak areas with targeted learning provided by Elsevier brands, including Kumar & Clark's Clinical Medicine, Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine and the Crash Course series. A free 7-day trial of Exam Consult is available at www.examconsult.co.uk.

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Elsevier, EMBL and University of Copenhagen launch new app for SciVerse
- 15 Apr 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of a new application, Reflect-Network, on SciVerse Applications beta. The application was developed in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR), University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Reflect-Network application is integrated within the life sciences journals on SciVerse Science Direct via Reflect, a tool that tags proteins and chemicals in a document. The application recognises genes, proteins, and chemicals mentioned within SciVerse ScienceDirect articles, and generates a graphical representation displaying the interactions or 'network' between the entities.

From the graphic, researchers can then link to the STITCH network, which provides additional details about the entities and offers different ways to view the 'network' such as colour-coded lines revealing modes of action, or drilling down to examine the evidence supporting each interaction.

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Elsevier launches new online research tool, Methods Navigator
- 13 Apr 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of Methods Navigator, an online research tool that enables life scientists to search, access and apply the right method for their research. Methods Navigator joins Elsevier’s stable of workflow solutions including the BrainNavigator and the Hazmat Navigator.

Utilising sophisticated search and discovery technology, Methods Navigator offers a full range of digital tools that help researchers easily find and use the method or protocol they need for their research, without having to spend time searching in multiple locations. It brings together in a single integrated resource a range of trusted information, among which Methods in Enzymology, Methods in Cell Biology, Methods Navigator Protocol ‘Cookbook’, five methods journals and eleven of the leading life sciences journals including Cell and FEBS.

With access to an extensive library of over 50,000 articles, Methods Navigator claims to offer more methods than any other source with the additional feature of over 120 of the most commonly used protocols, hand selected by Elsevier editors. Offering both free and subscription-based content, this new tool is projected to be useful for researchers working in any biomedical lab, regardless of the particular discipline.

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Elsevier launches web-based research performance tool - SciVal Strata
- 16 Mar 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of SciVal Strata. SciVal Strata is a web-based research performance tool that offers users the flexibility to construct relevant contextual data to evaluate research teams or individual researchers, using a range of indicators based on Scopus data. SciVal Strata can be used by all members of a subscribing institution to demonstrate research excellence and to secure, allocate and measure return-on-investment of funding. The tool also improves recruitment, promotion and collaboration processes.

SciVal Strata allows researchers and decision makers throughout academic and governmental organisations to evaluate performance and demonstrate the value of research in ways that are most relevant to their career stage, field of expertise and topics of interest. Moreover, it enables users to envision alternate research groups by 'dragging and dropping' any researcher across the globe into hypothetical teams and gauge expected changes in performance by benchmarking 'fantasy' groups against existing groups.

Developed in collaboration with research organisations and powered by the breadth of Scopus, SciVal Strata provides a unique context for decision-making by visualising the performance of teams and researchers both inside and outside of an organisation.

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Academic and government institutes in Spain gain access to Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus database
- 15 Mar 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) has selected its SciVerse Scopus database to assist academic and government institutes throughout Spain in the tracking and analysing of research. FECYT is a public foundation that supports the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN).

FECYT, on behalf of several leading Spanish universities, the Spanish National Research Council and the virtual libraries of Spain's health system chose SciVerse Scopus for of its broad range of global content and its ability to track citations for research performance measurement. Over the next three years, universities, research centers, governmental research institutes and local health councils across Spain will use the data provided by SciVerse Scopus. The comprehensive abstract and citation database supports their research processes and drives knowledge transfer.

FECYT will also employ SciVerse Scopus to help research institutes throughout Spain get a better view of co-authorship and cross-border research collaborations to determine the role their researchers are playing in the global landscape. Moreover, by using this information, FECYT will be able to render improved support to the MICINN on research and innovation strategies and policies.

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Canadian universities group renews content pact with Elsevier SciVerse ScienceDirect
- 07 Mar 2011

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) has renewed its agreement for the Elsevier SciVerse ScienceDirect Freedom Collection for 2011-2014. The move is seen to provide university researchers and students across Canada with wide access to a vast collection of high-impact e-journals in multiple disciplines. Seventy-three of CRKN's 75 member institutions are participating in the agreement, including three institutions joining the licence for the first time.

Through this large-scale collaboration, university researchers, students and libraries are expected to enjoy advantageous access and terms through CRKN's model licence agreement with predictable pricing over the term of the agreement.

Canada's universities and libraries are seen to be facing serious economic pressures and constraints. This reportedly made it even more important for CRKN to secure the Elsevier content at the lowest cost nationwide. According to CRKN representatives, the 2011-2014 agreement maintains generous access, usage and content repurposing provisions for bona fide academic uses.

CRKN's Negotiations Resources Team reportedly obtained feedback from members on their requirements and priorities as the first step before confirming objectives with the board. Further, CRKN had a subset of its team in direct discussions with Elsevier who then engaged members systematically during the process.

A partnership of Canadian universities, CRKN seeks to expand digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada.

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Elsevier and TAIR connect research articles to genetic and molecular biology data
- 23 Feb 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) have announced their next step in interconnecting the diverse elements of scientific research.

All articles on Elsevier's electronic platform SciVerse ScienceDirect that describe Arabidopsis genes and use AGI codes will now link to the corresponding pages at TAIR, giving readers access to additional relevant genetic and molecular biology data. Research data deposited at TAIR will link to their corresponding articles in Elsevier journals on SciVerse ScienceDirect.

Aiming at supporting the plant science community, Elsevier encourages authors to submit manuscripts to relevant journals to deposit Arabidopsis gene-related information in the TAIR database. Upon acceptance of their manuscripts, authors can use TAIR's online submission software to deposit relevant information about the Arabidopsis gene(s) described in their papers.

TAIR maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, metabolism, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community. Gene product function data is updated every week from the latest published research literature and community data submissions. Gene structures are updated about once a year using computational and manual methods as well as community submissions of new and updated genes. TAIR also provides extensive links from its data pages to other Arabidopsis resources.

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Three journals in Springer's Chinese Library of Science join SpringerOpen
- 23 Feb 2011

STM publisher Springer has announced that selected journals in its Chinese Library of Science (CLoS) will be published as open access journals and added to the SpringerOpen portfolio. Starting in 2011, the journals Chinese Science Bulletin, Science China Life Sciences and Photonic Sensors will be added to Springer's open access portfolio. All three journals are part of Springer's CLoS, a collection comprising more than 90 journals, with all their content available online at www.springerlink.com.

Chinese Science Bulletin and Science China Life Sciences are co-published by Science China Press (SCP) and Springer. Photonic Sensors is co-published with the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. The journals are managed and organised by international editorial boards, made up of renowned experts and scholars, who guarantee the high academic standards of the articles and support an expeditious manuscript-review process. Published under the SpringerOpen model, the journals' contents will now be fully and immediately open access, available to anyone with an Internet connection.

SpringerOpen journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license, which facilitates the open distribution of copyrighted work. According to this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights.

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Elsevier and JST announce new deal to automate indexing of 90 journals in SciVerse Scopus
- 17 Feb 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) have announced a new agreement for the automated delivery of the metadata of 90 J-STAGE journals in SciVerse Scopus.

JST has been utilising Scopus custom data to analyse scientific research in Japan at a national level. The indexing of J-STAGE journals in SciVerse Scopus builds upon Elsevier’s existing cooperation with JST and will extend further exposure to the research published within those titles to the global academic community. Metadata from J-STAGE will continuously and automatically be indexed within SciVerse Scopus with immediate effect.

J-STAGE was developed in 1999 to encourage Japanese research societies to publish their academic journals electronically on a central platform. As the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, SciVerse Scopus magnifies the mission of J-STAGE to disseminate published research within those journals at a targeted, global level.

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European Research Council selects Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus Database
- 21 Jan 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherland, has announced that the European Research Council (ERC) has selected its SciVerse Scopus database to assist in the tracking and awarding of funding opportunities for researchers throughout the world. The ERC is the European funding body managing the 'Ideas Programme' of the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme.

According to Elsevier, SciVerse Scopus represents the largest abstract and indexing database of peer reviewed literature in the world, and is the only database that contains data related to arts and humanities literature.

Over the next four years, the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) will use the data provided by SciVerse Scopus in combination with a Current Research Information System, to track the success of the projects funded by the ERC in terms of publications and citations. Information provided by SciVerse Scopus will also help the ERC to fund research based on scientific excellence and, in the long term, to substantially strengthen and shape the European research system.

Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council (ERC) is the first pan-European funding organisation for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by supporting the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age. It funds both senior research leaders ("ERC Advanced Grants") and younger, early-career top researchers ("ERC Starting Grants").

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BioMed Central launches ‘threaded publications’ initiatives
- 17 Jan 2011

Open access science publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the launch of several ‘threaded publications’ initiatives to further encourage transparency in research.

‘Threaded publications’ use electronic publishing technology to link content related to a research study or clinical trial and will help scientists, readers and patients find more complete information about a treatment. The initiative is also expected to help reduce the potential for wasteful duplication of research efforts. The concept was first put forward twelve years ago in an article co-written by Prof Doug Altman, Editor-in-Chief of Trials.

From January, BioMed Central authors will find seamless links between their trial registration record – in one of four internationally-recognised databases – and trial protocol published in a BioMed Central journal. Any subsequent article reporting the outcomes of the trial that includes the unique trial identifier in the abstract will also be linked.

To encourage participation BioMed Central is offering financial incentives to authors who support the initiatives. Authors who register a clinical trial in the Current Controlled Trials database and have their study protocol accepted for publication in Trials or a BMC Series medical journal will be entitled to a discount on the article processing charge (APC). Authors will also receive a discount on any subsequent article that reports the results of the same trial.

A number of BioMed Central journals are experimenting with innovative approaches to publishing data-related publications including Trials and BMC Research Notes. The coming months will see the development of other unique titles and projects, which will later form part of this initiative.

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Elsevier integrates Collexis Expert Profiling into SciVal suite
- 16 Dec 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the integration of Collexis Expert Profiling, a product of the recently acquired leading developer of semantic technology Collexis, into the SciVal suite as SciVal Experts. The offering enables institutions to find experts while fostering collaboration within the organisation.

SciVal Experts provides institutions with a customisable faculty information system based on content from SciVerse Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. By generating Fingerprints of individual researcher's expertise and exposing connections among authors, SciVal Experts enables researchers, research administrators and senior leadership to identify experts within and across institutions for all disciplines. SciVal Experts visualises network connections within an organisation to help facilitate further collaboration and provides links to download publication data for deeper analysis.

Institutions can customise SciVal Experts beyond the application's standard functionality to help meet their specific needs. Elsevier can connect the organisation's systems to SciVal Experts via web services, integrating internal data sources such as CVs, awarded grants and course information. SciVal Experts can serve as the backbone of an institution's academic information system, enabling the customer to consolidate multiple solutions into a single flexible framework.

The product development of SciVal Experts will be driven by a high level of customer involvement, which was a key principle in the development of Collexis Expert Profiling.

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Elsevier launches new module within SciVerse platform - SciVerse Applications beta
- 17 Nov 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of SciVerse Applications beta, a new module within the SciVerse platform. The new module will allow the scientific community to develop and share customised solutions that advance the search and discovery process through its marketplace and developer network. Created by academic and commercial development partners, more than a dozen applications for improving researcher workflow and enhancing the value of existing content are now available to be integrated directly into the core SciVerse user experience.

The launch includes the release of content APIs from SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus and SciVerse Hub beta, as well as framework APIs allowing applications to be integrated directly into SciVerse. Applications can access data from hundreds of millions of articles, abstracts and other scientific information within SciVerse, and integrate into key parts of the SciVerse user interface such as search results pages and article and record views across all SciVerse products. The APIs as well as access to the tools and documentation necessary for developing applications are available via a developer section within the module.

SciVerse Applications beta features a gallery where apps developed can be displayed and shared. Users will be able to post feedback on individual applications offering valuable insight for enhancing apps as well as sparking ideas for new solutions. Developers will have an opportunity to reach the global scientific community, while also gaining recognition for their contribution to search and discovery.

The marketplace includes more than a dozen new search and discovery applications designed to offer a preliminary illustration of the capabilities of the new platform.

As academic and commercial developers build and share new apps, SciVerse Applications beta will be populated with innovative and tailored solutions. To support the collaboration and ideation of the new applications, the new offering also includes a discussion forum for researchers and librarians who are registered SciVerse users to contribute application ideas as well as an opportunity for developers to connect with each other and commercial companies.

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Elsevier announces SciVerse ScienceDirect eBooks collection 2011
- 16 Nov 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its 2011 eBook collections available for advance purchase and to be released on SciVerse ScienceDirect, its online scientific knowledge platform. The 2011 offerings total 439 titles spread across 24 distinct subject areas, with individual titles scheduled to publish between January 1 and December 31, 2011.

These eBook collections are comprised of high-quality content published through Elsevier's imprints including Academic Press, Pergamon, North-Holland, W.B. Saunders, Mosby and Churchill Livingstone.

With the 2011 eBook collections, SciVerse ScienceDirect now offers over 12,500 titles and includes eBooks (monographs), major reference works, and book & handbook series. These 439 new titles span 21 unique subjects within the science and technology disciplines, as well as the health sciences disciplines of clinical medicine, health professions, and veterinary medicine.

The benefits of anytime, online access to foundation content on the newly launched SciVerse ScienceDirect platform include increased return on investment by transferring budget from print books to online, providing more content to more users; increased discoverability via free MARC 21 records; greater interoperability via the SciVerse platform, with integration of content across the SciVerse suite for subscribed users of online books, journals and SciVerse Scopus plus discovery tools to accelerate research; and an image searching feature that allows users to quickly find an image or graphic on a particular topic.

Elsevier also offers flexible Frontlist 2011 discounts on eBooks subject collections, as well as the Pick and Choose option for select titles following their respective publication dates.

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Elsevier introduces Image Search feature on SciVerse ScienceDirect
- 15 Nov 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of Image Search, a new SciVerse ScienceDirect feature that enables users to quickly and efficiently find images and figures relevant to their specific research objectives.

The new feature allows researchers to search across more than 15 million images contained within SciVerse ScienceDirect. Results include tables, photos, figures, graphs and videos from trusted peer-reviewed full text sources. Saving researchers significant time, Image Search ensures increased efficiency in finding the relevant visuals.

Search results can be refined by image type and contain links to the location within the original source article, allowing researchers to verify image in context. Researchers can take advantage of Image Search to learn new concepts, prepare manuscripts or visually convey ideas in presentations and lectures. The new feature is available to SciVerse ScienceDirect subscribed users at no additional cost.

SciVerse ScienceDirect(www.sciverse.com) contains over a quarter of the world's full text scientific, technical and medical (STM) peer-reviewed articles. Elsevier's extensive full-text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature with more than ten million articles available online. Coverage includes over 2,500 journal titles published by Elsevier with linking to journals from approximately 2,000 STM publishers through CrossRef.

Additionally, SciVerse ScienceDirect contains an expanding library of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and over 10,000 eBooks in all fields of science seamlessly interlinked with primary research referenced in journal articles.

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Library budget constraints may hinder STM publishers, says Simba report
- 11 Nov 2010

Media industry and forecast analysis firm Simba Information, US, has released a report titled 'Going Global STM Publishing 2009-2010'. After shrinking 1.6 percent in 2009, the market for scientific, technical and medical publishing is poised to regain modest growth in 2010. However, according to the Simba report, leading report publishers will require new strategies to maintain growth in what is expected to be a painfully slow recovery.

The global STM publishing market saw total sales fall to $20.3 billion in 2009 due to a broad impact on revenue streams from the worldwide recession. As detailed in the report, academic institutions faced budget pressure, which made subscription renewals difficult. Corporate customers and advertisers also cut back their spending in light of the recession. With the economy expected to slowly recover, the report projects sales in the combined STM markets to finish the year slightly ahead of 2009 results.

Publishers may look for ways to go around libraries to reach the scholarly marketplace. The report discusses methods such as marketing and selling journal content directly to faculty, students and researchers; de-emphasising book and journal publishing in favour of other opportunities; and transforming into an information service to be potentially effective means of reinventing themselves in the face of lingering budget cuts.

Global STM Publishing 2009-2010, provides an overview and financial outlook for the global STM publishing market based on specific research and analysis of the leading competitors, as well as market performance in five content delivery categories. This research was conducted in conjunction with a larger study of the overall market for professional publishing.

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Elsevier introduces new interactive feature on SciVerse ScienceDirect for Journal of Molecular Biology
- 26 Oct 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has introduced Protein Viewer, a new interactive feature on SciVerse ScienceDirect for the Journal of Molecular Biology (JMB). With Protein Viewer, readers of JMB now have the power to expand and rotate molecules within the actual article. SciVerse ScienceDirect merges features of the World Protein Database and Jmol, and embeds them into the article, making its use more convenient and user-friendly. This interactive feature allows the reader to be more active in the article, by allowing them to go more in-depth and be more focused on their area of specific research.

Protein Viewer allows the reader to choose the display scheme, size, angle, colours, surface view, and more. Each individual reader might be looking for a specific portion and presentation of the molecule. This individualisation is now at the fingertips of the reader.

Protein Viewer is one of many innovative features from Elsevier and SciVerse ScienceDirect, designed to make the readers' experience to be the most customised, useful, and relevant. Protein Viewer will be available for more Elsevier journals, such as BBA Proteins and Proteomics and the Journal of Structural Biology. More online innovations are planned for both JMB and other Elsevier journals.

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Journal on the science of gold to be published as a SpringerOpen journal
- 28 Sep 2010

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it will publish Gold Bulletin as a SpringerOpen e-only journal through the sponsorship of the World Gold Council (WGC), starting in 2011. Under this publishing model, the entire contents of the Gold Bulletin will continue to be fully and immediately open access, available to anyone with an Internet connection. Previously published exclusively by the WGC, this premier international peer-reviewed journal discusses the latest science, technology and applications of gold.

Published quarterly, Gold Bulletin includes peer-reviewed papers on the latest research advances, state-of-the-art reviews, conference reports, book reviews and highlights of patents and scientific literature, all focused on gold. The journal has been published for over 40 years as a multidisciplinary journal read by those both within industry and academia.

Editor-in-chief Dr. Richard J. Holliday, Director, Technology at the World Gold Council, is supported by an editorial board comprising leading scientists and industrialists involved in gold research.

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Elsevier unveils SciVerse, a platform for the scientific community
- 31 Aug 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of SciVerse, a platform that seeks to integrate the company's key products and encourage the scientific community to collaborate on the development of customised search and discovery applications. Elsevier is releasing the APIs (application programming interfaces) for all of the content on SciVerse and will offer application development support tools on the site.

SciVerse is projected as a multi-phased initiative aimed at accelerating science through applications targeted to specific researcher needs. At launch, the platform will include SciVerse Hub beta, a module that integrates ScienceDirect, Scopus and targeted web content from Scirus, Elsevier's science-specific Internet search engine. SciVerse Hub beta allows for a single search across its integrated content with results ranked by relevancy and without duplication, in a bid to save researcher time.

Combining familiar resources with new efficiencies, SciVerse is also seen to enable interoperability among ScienceDirect, Scopus and the new SciVerse Hub beta. For instance, ScienceDirect users who also subscribe to Scopus will now be able to access key author information without leaving the article, and link directly into comprehensive lists of an author's documents and citations in Scopus.

SciVerse Hub beta will include three search and discovery applications at launch. These are: Methods section search application, Matching Sentences application; and Prolific Authors application. The Methods section search application will allow researchers to search only the methodology and protocol sections of full-text articles. The Matching Sentences application returns search results with the query words highlighted in the full sentence where they appear. Prolific Authors application prominently displays the most prolific authors for each search result.

The initial applications offer an example of the possible solutions that can be built using content APIs. These were developed by NextBio, a provider of a SaaS (Software as a Service) platform for life sciences researchers which includes ontology-based semantic tools. Elsevier began collaborating with NextBio in 2009.

Elsevier will begin rolling out its APIs on SciVerse in the fourth quarter of this year including content APIs for ScienceDirect, Scopus and SciVerse Hub beta. In opening up this content to development by the worldwide scientific and developer communities, SciVerse claims to allow for collaboration on applications that meet specific researcher challenges. It also expects to enable the creation of customised solutions for efficiently finding, using and re-using SciVerse content.

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Elsevier and Royal Tropical Institute sign MoU to provide researchers in developing nations with access to ScienceDirect and Scopus
- 30 Aug 2010

STM publisher Elsevier and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide 150 researchers working in least-developed and low-income countries with access to the latter's online scientific research platform and flagship abstract and citation database - ScienceDirect and Scopus.

Active in fields such as tropical medicine and sustainable development, the scientists will be able to apply the information available in ScienceDirect and Scopus for the treatment and prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The information can also be used to promote rural development with improved water, sanitation and food security in addition to other areas relevant to the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Elsevier and KIT's department Information & Library Service (KIT ILS) in Amsterdam are collaborating on this unique public-private partnership to drive capacity building in information technology and management in the developing world. The new agreement will expand access for five years while sharing best practice in research and training.

As an integral part of this initiative, KIT ILS facilitates a closed Virtual Knowledge Community on information management to share best research practices and identify issues of common interest. First piloted in 2007, this joint Elsevier - KIT initiative provides the Virtual Knowledge Community members in African, Caribbean, Asian and Pacific countries with access to ScienceDirect's 10 million full-text articles and Scopus' abstract and citation database containing 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from 5,000 publishers.

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Springer re-launches online platform SpringerLink
- 25 Aug 2010

STM publisher Springer has re-launched its online platform SpringerLink (www.SpringerLink.com), which hosts nearly five million documents, including eBooks, journals and reference works. The redesigned site has a new and fresh concept that includes semantic linking and connects related content across eBooks and journals.

SpringerLink now also contains a PDF Preview feature that provides all readers with a free look inside eBook chapters to be certain that the content matches their information needs. Subscribers not only have access to an instant overview of the entire eBook, they can also scroll and browse within different chapters of the book and can immediately download the desired content.

The redesigned site includes newly-integrated software that presents links to related content within journal articles and eBook chapters. When users perform a search, the technology analyses each search result and compares its digital fingerprint to all other documents. This determines which documents are most similar to that article or chapter, ensuring that readers discover content that best meets their research needs.

Additional updates to the new SpringerLink include access to nearly five million contributions organised in a revised subject hierarchy. Enhanced browsing features and improved search functionality with the ability to search by citation makes the new SpringerLink even more useful for researchers. Online journals, eBooks and eReference works have also been integrated onto a single, consistent user experience. Together with an enhanced user-friendly guided navigation, students and scientists can easily retrieve results for their work.

SpringerLink provides electronic access to more than 2,250 scientific and specialist journals, nearly 40,000 eBooks, more than 1,100 book series and about 170 reference works. The publications cover topics from 12 subject collections such as mathematics, computer science, medicine, engineering, economics, law, humanities and social sciences. It also makes available 20,000 searchable online protocols in life sciences and biomedicine.

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Thieme E-Book Library platform is now COUNTER compliant
- 24 Aug 2010

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that the re-launched Thieme E-Book Library platform is now COUNTER compliant. With this addition to the online library, institutions can now obtain statistical data to monitor online usage that is based on international standards and protocols and supported by libraries, publishers, intermediaries, and professional organisations.

The relaunched Thieme E-Book Library has been reviewed by COUNTER and found to be compliant with the COUNTER specifications for the collection of usage data. This ensures that libraries will have access to accurate statistics regarding their users' usage of the Thieme E-book Library.

The Thieme E-Book Library is a continuously expanding online resource containing books on anatomy, the clinical sciences, radiology and the basic sciences. Through this service, individual users have the ability to download any book to their personal computer's desktop for offline viewing even when no internet connection is available.

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Springer and Helmholtz Association sign agreement for OA membership
- 24 Aug 2010

STM publisher Springer and the Helmholtz Association have signed an agreement for open access membership. The move follows the launch of SpringerOpen, a new series of open access journals that will span all STM disciplines. The agreement covers article processing charges for authors from the participating Helmholtz research centres for articles published in SpringerOpen and BioMed Central journals.

SpringerOpen journals are peer-reviewed open access journals in emerging and interdisciplinary fields that complement both the established Springer journal portfolios and BioMed Central's growing list of over 200 life science and biomedicine journal titles. SpringerOpen journals are e-only and publish articles under the Creative Commons Attribution license. According to this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights.

Both SpringerOpen as well as Biomed Central journals charge article processing fees to the author which make the journals' content immediately and freely available. The membership offering, introduced by BioMed Central, allows institutions to directly support the payment of these fees and facilitate the uptake of open access across their authors. Currently, authors from more than 340 institutions in 39 countries benefit from these memberships taking on full or partial payment of article processing fees.

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Indian medical library consortium to gain access to medical content via Elsevier's electronic platforms
- 23 Aug 2010

Publisher Elsevier Health Sciences has announced an agreement with India-based premier medical library consortium for e-resources, Helinet. Under the deal, Elsevier Health Sciences will provide all medical students at Helinet's medical colleges with access to leading international and local medical content through Elsevier's electronic platforms: ScienceDirect and MD Consult.

The special agreement provides all undergraduates, graduates, researchers and faculty within the Consortium with access to more than 260 journals and 50 leading reference books including authoritative titles from the scientific and medical literature such as The Lancet and Cell.

Health Science Library and Information Network (HELINET) was conceived by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, RGUHS, and was successfully implemented, becoming the first of its kind in the country. HELINET was also conceived as the consortium of all the teaching and research institutions affiliated to RGUHS, and pursues the need for networking and resource sharing. The Consortium began with a vision to improve the quality of education and research in Health Sciences institutions of the country through enhanced access to high-quality medical information.

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John Wiley & Sons launches Wiley Online Library
- 10 Aug 2010

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the launch of Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), which will connect the global scholarly community to an extensive multidisciplinary collection of online resources.

Wiley Online Library offers integrated access to more than 4 million articles from 1,500 journals, 9,000 books, and hundreds of reference works and databases. Built on the latest technology, Wiley Online Library is an entirely new service that enhances discoverability and fosters collaboration by offering an easy-to-use interface, developed in consultation with users, providing intuitive navigation and fast access to online content. The online resource also offers research tools to enable the discovery of available resources and help pinpoint information. Additionally, it supports authors and researchers with integrated reference links and multiple options for exporting citations. Personalisation options to keep up-to-date on the latest research with content alerts and RSS feeds and the ability to save key publications and articles for future reference are also offered. Customisable product home pages allow journal and society communities to highlight key features and share news and information.

Wiley Online Library completely replaces Wiley InterScience. All content and licenses have been transferred to the new site to enable seamless access for users and subscribers.

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Elsevier and PANGAEA announce next step in connecting research articles to data
- 30 Jul 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and PANGAEA - Publishing Network for Geoscientific & Environmental Data - have announced their next step in interconnecting the diverse elements of scientific research. Elsevier articles at ScienceDirect are now enriched with graphical information linking to associated research data sets that are deposited at PANGAEA.

PANGAEA is a data library which links primary data related to articles in earth and environmental science journals and thus may serve some hundred journals of the Elsevier portfolio. In the first phase, more than 1,000 articles from various earth science journals were linked. The data are freely available from the publication's page in ScienceDirect, without a login or subscription.

The latest initiative follows the introduction, last February, of 'reciprocal linking' - automatically linking research data sets deposited at PANGAEA to corresponding articles in Elsevier journals on its electronic platform ScienceDirect and vice versa. The new feature adds a map to every ScienceDirect article that has associated research data at PANGAEA. It displays all geographical locations for which such data is available. A single click then brings the user from the ScienceDirect article to the research data set at PANGAEA.

The linking of data and content has the potential to streamline the research process, bringing relevant information to researchers with fewer clicks and through quicker searches.

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Springer to distribute eBooks from Sense Publishers
- 16 Jul 2010

STM publisher Springer has announced an agreement with international academic publishing house Sense Publishers. Under the deal, Springer will distribute the latter's book program as part of Springer's eBook collection on www.springerlink.com, starting in 2011.

Sense has an annual output of about 100 titles in education and educational research, including titles that focus on the student market. Sense will continue to sell print copies of its publications through its own distribution channels. With a combined output of about 250 titles per year, customers will now have one-stop access to a significant part of the literature in this discipline.

Founded in 2004, Sense Publishers publishes books in the field of education and educational research. Through this agreement with Springer, the publisher seeks to significantly expand its online exposure to the benefit of its authors and customers.

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Super Computing Solutions launches interactive digital library service
- 01 Jul 2010

Supercomputing services provider Super Computing Solutions (SCS), Italy, has released an interactive digital library service called PhysiomeSpace. The service is designed to manage and share a large collection of heterogeneous biomedical data, such as medical imaging, motion capture, biomedical instrumentation signals and finite element models.

The digital library services are hosted on the Biomed Town community portal and can be accessed from www.physiomespace.com. PhysiomeSpace is currently a free service which offers up to 1GB of space. It is managed using a client-server approach. The client application, PSLoader, is used to import, fuse and enrich the data information according to the PhysiomeSpace resource ontology and also to upload and download the resources to the library.

A search service seeks to capitalise on the domain ontology and on the enrichment of metadata for each resource, providing a powerful discovery environment. The metadata are described in an extensible ontology composed of a master ontology and a series of sub-ontologies which can be added by the users' communities, depending on their needs.

PhysiomeSpace is currently in the process to release the Living Human Digital Library (LHDL), a multiscale musculoskeletal data collection co-fundeded by the European Commission. The LHDL seeks to provide a unique systematic quantification of morphological and functional aspects of the musculoskeletal system, at a range of dimensional scales from the whole body down to the tissue constituents. The full data collection will be progressively released with a cadence of two weeks, starting from June 29, 2010. The LDHL ran from February 2006 to February 2009 under the scientific coordination of the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli (IOR, Italy) and with the participation of the University of Bedfordshire (UK), the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium), the Open University (UK) and the CINECA supercomputing centre (Italy).

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ScienceDirect celebrates a decade of serving global scientific research community
- 29 Jun 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its online scientific research platform, ScienceDirect. The tenth anniversary also marks the addition of the ten millionth article to the database, which contains full-text articles and book chapters. The ten millionth full-text article added to the database was: Use of Herbal Products and Potential Interactions in Patients With Cardiovascular Diseases, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, authored by A. Tachjian, V. Maria, A. Jahangir from the Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Mayo Clinic, Rochester and the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA.

ScienceDirect became fully operational in 2000 when it surpassed one million articles and launched its backfiles initiative, adding literature published prior to 1994. According to Elsevier, it has since then become the largest and most extensive resource of its kind. The platform was created to help scientists quickly find the most relevant content for their specific research objectives by offering search, reference and discovery tools. Institutions worldwide currently offer ScienceDirect to their faculty and students, with up to twenty articles downloaded per second from the platform. ScienceDirect has more than 100 million outbound links to cited or related articles, as well as links to other scientific databases.

Continuously seeking ways to accelerate research, ScienceDirect underwent a full platform redesign in 2006 focused on navigational improvements. As a result, researchers were able to cut the number of clicks required for some of the most common search activities by 40 – 50 percent, thereby speeding up the knowledge discovery process.

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Springer expands OA offering to cover all disciplines within the STM fields
- 29 Jun 2010

STM publisher Springer has announced that it is expanding its open access (OA) offering to all disciplines. SpringerOpen (www.springeropen.com) will cover all disciplines within the science, technology and medicine (STM) fields and will be offered in cooperation with BioMed Central. The entire content of SpringerOpen journals - including research articles, reviews, and editorials - are now fully open access, and are accessible to anyone with an internet connection. No subscription is required.

SpringerOpen journals are e-only journals. The journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license, which facilitates the open distribution of copyrighted work. According to this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights. The journals ask the authors to pay an article-processing charge, in accordance with market standards.

BioMed Central, acquired by Springer in 2008, will provide its expertise and technology to help establish the SpringerOpen portfolio. SpringerOpen journals will publish in emerging and interdisciplinary fields and will complement both the established Springer journal portfolios and BioMed Central's growing list of over 200 life science and biomedicine journal titles.

Furthermore, in order to reduce the financial burden faced by individual authors, Springer and BioMed Central are collaborating to extend BioMed Central's Open Access Membership scheme, offered to institutions, societies, groups, funders and corporations, to include the SpringerOpen titles. More than 300 institutional open access membership arrangements are currently in place.

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Science is the Universal Language – WorldWideScience.org BETA
- 11 Jun 2010

World Wide Science Alliance, which offers a federated search service across multiple databases, has unveiled the beta version of a new multilingual tool. The tool is projected to enable scientists to simultaneously search and translate over 400 million pages of scientific research published in 65 countries from around the world in multiple languages. Launched at the recent International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) annual conference in Helsinki, the new beta version of WorldWideScience.org is claimed to help scientists break down the language barrier.

Although most scientific literature continues to be published in English, the pace of non-English scientific publishing is seen to be increasing rapidly, with vast quantities of high-quality science now being produced every year. The new tool offers researchers real-time searching and translation of articles written in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and English simultaneously. Combining Microsoft Research’s translation technologies with the online search capabilities of Deep Web Technologies, Inc., the multilingual translation function will enable users to search a number of non-English databases. It will also reportedly allow non-English speaking researchers to translate existing collections into their native tongue. Initially covering nine of the most common languages, additions will be made as the project develops.

Set up in 2007 to create a single portal from which to conduct federated searching of multiple open access scientific databases, the World Wide Science Alliance initially brought together 12 databases from 10 countries. It has since grown to cover the research output of 65 countries world wide.



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Springer’s online content now searchable on Korean search engine Naver
- 12 Apr 2010

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has announced that electronic journal and book content on its online platform SpringerLink (www.springerlink.com) is now searchable on Naver, the premier Korean search engine and subsidy of NHN Corporation. Since the agreement between Springer and NHN was signed in July 2009, Springer has added metadata in Korean to SpringerLink, making its contents searchable in that language. The searchability of the content follows Springer’s recent expansion of its academic collaboration with Korean societies. In South Korea, Springer claims to be the most active international science, technology and medicine (STM) publisher, co-publishing 30 Korean society journals.

Springer now has seven editorial and sales offices in Asia, including Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi. Together, Springer publishes over 200 high-quality scientific journals in English from Asia.

Naver is the top search engine in South Korea with over 76 percent of internet searches done on its site. The search engine has 34 million registered users and generates one billion page views per day. Naver is globally accessed by 165 countries.

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German libraries sign e-books agreement with Springer
- 12 Mar 2010

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) have signed an agreement for access to Springer eBooks on SpringerLink. The agreement is claimed to represent the largest e-book deal ever to have been signed in Germany. It covers a national licence for all English-language chemistry, materials science and medicine titles of the copyright years 2005–08.

All researchers, students and staff at all publicly funded universities, technical colleges and research institutions can now expect to have access to the content included in the deal. The agreement was made possible by support from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

TIB and ZB MED, together with the German National Library of Economics/Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, form the Leibniz Library Network for Research Information. The network cooperates on issues of full text service, licences, non-textual materials, digital preservation and open access. They bundle their activities concerning national licensing in a joint office, the Cooperative Office Goportis Licensing.

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Baker & Taylor to offer Elsevier content on e-reader software Blio
- 10 Mar 2010

Baker & Taylor, Inc., a US-based distributor of physical and digital books, has announced an agreement with STM publisher Elsevier to provide highly-formatted content on Blio. Created by knfbReading Technology, Blio is an e-reader software application powered by Baker & Taylor.

By leveraging relationships with the publishing community and its digital technology partners LibreDigital and knfbReading, Baker & Taylor seeks to increase the content offered on Blio. With over 44,000 customers across 120 countries, the company claims to have a global reach that allows it to provide enhanced content management and distribution for the e-reader application.

By the end of the year, Elsevier plans to launch 8,000-9,000 titles, including titles within its life science, physical sciences and professional lists. The company’s Focal Press has plans to introduce enhanced titles with embedded media on Blio for its post production list, including titles with 3-D effects.

Blio, featuring print-to-speech (for rights-enabled titles) and full-colour 3-D technologies, was created by Ray Kurzweil. It is projected to deliver a highly advanced, flexible and open reading platform. Blio is also hardware neutral, meaning it works on a number of devices, including personal computers, laptops, netbooks and iPhones, apart from up and coming tablets.

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Springer and Max Planck Society announce agreement
- 09 Mar 2010

STM publisher Springer, Germany, and The Max Planck Society have announced an agreement that allows scientists working at the 78 Max Planck Institutes and research facilities across Germany access to content on Springer’s electronic platform SpringerLink. The agreement covers access for 2010 and 2011.

The pilot project, begun in 2008 in conjunction with the last access agreement, which allowed researchers at the MPS institutes to publish using Springer Open Choice, has ended. Both parties have now committed to ongoing discussions with respect to coming to a further agreement on alternative publishing models. The pilot project for open access publishing has given both parties useful insights regarding alternative publishing models, and these insights will be the basis for the ongoing talks for a further agreement in this area.

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent, non-profit research organisation in Germany that primarily promotes and supports research at its own institutes. Research activities of the Max Planck Society focus on basic research in natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

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CIC to acquire major eBooks collection on ScienceDirect platform
- 27 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) has agreed to acquire the complete ScienceDirect eBooks collections for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Libraries and patrons in CIC member institutions will now be able to access over 1,300 titles across 18 science, technical and medical subject areas.

CIC member institutions include Indiana University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. By providing access to the ScienceDirect eBooks collection, member patrons will gain access to the library as well as a powerful search and browse capability. Users will also be able to access instant links to relevant journal articles and innovative knowledge discovery features such as the NextBio Ontology-based semantic search tool.

CIC chose to acquire the eBooks collections based on evidence gathered from increasing patron adoption of retrospective content from the HathiTrust Digital Archive as well as robust uptake of current publisher content from a variety of sources. A careful analysis of current ebook usage among consortium member institutions was conducted last year, and participating schools found that when they worked together to make a critical mass of content accessible, it was immediately noticed and used by faculty and students.

Later this year, ScienceDirect will partner with selected libraries from CIC to conduct joint usage studies to better understand the value of these ebooks in driving world-class research, teaching and learning. Findings from this study will be shared with the global library and research community.

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Boliven offers access to PubMed patent, clinical trials, device and drug data
- 14 Dec 2009

Boliven Publications, a free scientific abstract and bibliographic information service for Boliven Network Members, has announced that it now includes nearly 20 million PubMed citations and articles for free use by its members. It also offers weblinks to related free data in clinical trials, patents and FDA drug and device data.

Scientists, doctors and IP professionals can now expect to quickly and easily link between patent data, PubMed citation data and clinical trials data. This in turn is projected to speed up collaboration, open innovation and, eventually, the development of life-saving medicines. Features and capabilities of Boliven's PubMed integration include links to patents, clinical trials, drugs and medical devices data; Work Portfolio and Innovation Network Integration; and PartnerMatch Integration.

Under Work Portfolio and Innovation Network Integration, scientific authors included in the PubMed dataset can create a Work Portfolio of their publications, clinical trials and patents and expand their Innovation Network on Boliven for free by joining. As members save PubMed abstracts and articles to their Work Portfolio, Boliven will recommend other scientists and biomedical researchers who have common interests and might make good partners for new research activities.

Boliven also offers the ability to search by MeSH terms and other features found on PubMed. Over 5,000 leading scientists, doctors, patent attorneys, technology entrepreneurs, executives, and investors are participating in the Boliven Network, according to the company.

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Ovid to display search solution enhancements at Online Information event
- 03 Dec 2009

Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that it will be showcasing recent enhancements to Ovid Universal Search, its cross-platform search solution, at the ongoing Online Information conference. It also plans to showcase the implementation of a new psychology lexicon based on the American Psychological Association (APA)’s Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

Ovid Universal Search seeks to enable users to search all of their institution’s subscribed content, regardless of whether that content is available via OvidSP or other content aggregators. Users can retrieve and manage their OvidSP and non-OvidSP (Universal Search) results within the OvidSP interface. The latest enhancements are designed to improve navigation and customisation of Universal Search results, and enable users to view all retrieved Universal Search records in one consolidated results set; de-duplicate Universal Search results; easily identify duplicates to view their research trail; link to full text from Universal Search results (when available); use Search Aid functionality for Universal Search results; and request additional Universal Search results beyond those already retrieved in the initial set.

Ovid’s new proprietary Psychology lexicon is projected to combine the APA’s Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms with the Natural Language Processing (NLP) feature of OvidSP’s Basic Search. NLP’s term expansion functionality broadens a user’s search query when searching the APA databases of PsycINFO, PsycCRITIQUES, PsycBOOKS, PsycARTICLES and PsycEXTRA to include related terms and synonyms, in a bid to deliver a comprehensive set of results.

Attendees are invited to attend 15-minute presentations in Ovid’s Booth (#512) on Ovid Universal Search and the new Psychology lexicon. A third in-booth presentation updating attendees on Nursing@Ovid, the company’s nursing and allied health portal, is also scheduled. Ovid representatives will also be on hand to discuss the latest content acquisitions, including e-books from the Royal Society of Chemistry, Oxford University Press, and Ovid’s sister company Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, as well as journals from CIG Media, AHC Media and Springer Publishing.

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Ovid announces new agreement with medical journal Neural Regeneration Research
- 02 Dec 2009

Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced an agreement with Neural Regeneration Research (NRR), an English-language monthly medical journal, published in China. The agreement is part of Ovid’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its presence in China’s healthcare information market.

NRR is published by the publishing house of Neural Regeneration Research and China Science Press. The journal is sponsored by the Chinese Rehabilitation Medical Association and supervised by China’s Ministry of Health. Under the new deal, NRR will be available exclusively on OvidSP, via the OvidSP electronic search and discovery platform, to all Ovid customers globally.

Neural Regeneration Research (NRR) publishes original research and developments in the field of neuroregeneration, with contributions from experts in neuroanatomy, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology and auxanology. Topics include the influences of neural stem cells, neuroengineering, neurodegeneration and traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture intervention. The journal focusses on publishing meta-analysis articles with Chinese characteristics; evidence-based case clinical research articles; analysis of gene polymorphism related to region, nationality, and demography; review articles regarding new technology and new therapy; multi-center, large-sample, randomised, and controlled articles and reports; and more.

NRR will be accessible on OvidSP’s Journals@Ovid portal, which offers quick, easy access to about 1,200 premium and largely peer-reviewed journals in medicine and science—virtually none of which are embargoed. Users can search full-text articles via Journals@Ovid simultaneously with other e-resources for a streamlined, comprehensive search experience.

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Springer offers open access to papers by 2009 Nobel Prize laureates on SpringerLink
- 12 Nov 2009

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it is offering all journal articles and book chapters written by this year’s Nobel Prize laureates free of charge on its online information platform www.springerlink.com. The articles and chapters will be available to print out or download from now until December 31, 2009.

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak, winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, published their research in journals such as Current Genetics and Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres. Physics Prize laureate, Charles K. Kao, contributed to the journal Applied Scientific Research. Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath, who received the Chemistry Prize, chose journals like Extremophiles or Immunogenetics to publish their papers. The winners of the Prize in Economic Sciences, Elinor Ostrom and Oliver E. Williamson, contributed many articles to the journals Public Choice and Policy Sciences. A complete list of the articles by Springer’s Nobel Prize winners in 2009 is available at http://www.springer.com/authors/author+zone?SGWID=0-168002-12-645899-0.

SpringerLink claims to be world's most comprehensive online collection of scientific, technological and medical journals, books and reference works. Launched in 1996, SpringerLink provides students and researchers with electronic access to nearly 35,000 eBooks, 2,000 peer-reviewed Springer journals, as well as about 20,000 protocols for laboratories.

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Scope to lend expertise to Online Information 2009 educational show floor seminar programme
- 12 Nov 2009

Database and research services provider Scope eKnowledge Center, a Quatrro Group Company, has announced that it has been selected to participate in the Online Information 2009 show floor seminar programme in the STM Information theatre. Frank Stumpf, Scope’s Board Advisor for STM publishing, will be the speaker, offering Scope’s ideas on the topic ‘Maximizing the value of STM content through semantic enrichment’.

Scope’s presentation will provide insights on how to meet some of the challenges of making content more ‘findable’ given an environment where massive volumes of content are available to the research and clinical STM community causing the dilemma of key knowledge lying deep in the maze of available textual and non-textual information.

Delegates are invited to visit the Scope eKnowledge Center stand (stall 754) at the Online Information 2009, December 1-3, 2009. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Donohue, Associate Vice President – Content Consulting, at bdonohue@scopeknowledge.com (+1 813-892-4752) or Hector Bolanos, General Manager – Business Development, at hector@scopeknowledge.com (+44 20-7096-0493).

Headquartered in Chennai, India, Scope eKnowledge Center is an award winning provider of outsourced, cost-effective content enhancement and knowledge services to the global information industry. The company uses a combination of deep subject matter expertise in a number of business and STM domains, innovative technology and proprietary intellectual property to provide world class services, including abstracting, indexing, semantic enrichment, database and directory development and content authoring. With sales and support offices in Philadelphia, Chicago and Richmond VA in the USA as well as in London, Brussels and Amsterdam, Scope has built a strong international clientele.

Scope is also the publisher of Knowledgespeak, the authoritative, complimentary news service exclusively for the STM information industry. Knowledgespeak provides a wide range of information about the industry, including news alerts, a calendar of events, a comprehensive directory of STM publishers, blogs, articles, whitepapers and interviews.

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India likely to become publishing BPO hub amid challenges
- 03 Nov 2009

India is all set to become an international hub for outsourced publishing services, it was reportedly stated at the recent Confederation of Indian Industry’s conference, ‘Sustaining India to be the Global Publishing BPO Services Hub’. It has been estimated that offshoring of publishing is likely to cross $1.2 billion. Last year, Indian publishing BPOs posted revenues of $660 million.

It was observed that new segments, technological advancements and capabilities would significantly alter the publishing BPO industry. The industry also faces major challenges in the form of increased pressure on margins; the pressing need to reduce staffing and overhead costs; and the growing requirement to standardise products and processes. Other challenges faced by publishers include increased re-selling of used books and customers looking for high-end lecture and teaching materials. The need for substantial investments in test assessment platforms as well as e-books also poses a challenge.

Speakers at the conference also noted that technological advancements offer various opportunities, with the digital explosion greatly impacting how business is done. With increased overseas acquisitions and the shake-out of weaker players, the industry is projected to see greater consolidation. The publishing BPO industry, which currently employs around 35,000 professionals, is likely to see the numbers rise to 55,000 by 2012.

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India looking to give US, others access to traditional medicines database
- 03 Nov 2009

India is in talks with the US and various other countries to grant access to its database of Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), media reports have indicated. The aim is to curb bio-piracy – the granting of ‘wrong’ patents – of Indian medicinal plants across the world. In February 2009, India had opened up TKDL to the European Patent Office (EPO) so that existing indigenous knowledge is not patented elsewhere.

Negotiations with the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) are in the final stages. Other nations including China and Japan are also holding talks, the reports state quoting sources in the National Institute of Science Communication and Informative Resources (NISCAIR).

It has been observed that the setting up of the TKDL has effectively curbed the grant of wrong patents. A 2000 study by the TKDL task force had found that nearly 4,896 patent references were made on medicinal plants at a global level. This number had shot up to 15,000 in 2003 and more than 35,000 in 2005. India successfully fought wrong patents granted on turmeric and basmati rice by the PTO as well as on neem by the EPO. However, as this was found to be time-consuming and expensive, the TKDL was created.

TDKL, a joint venture between NISCAIR and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, covers prior art for about 204,000 formulations, and these are further transcribed in five international languages. The database covers about 54 textbooks on Ayurvedic medicine and around 150,000 Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha formulations. Over 1,500 physical exercises and yoga postures – nearly 5,000 years old – are also covered.

Various other nations are also compiling similar databases and sharing them to prevent bio-piracy. Last year, China allowed the EPO access to its database on traditional medicine which contains nearly 32,000 entries.

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Scope eKnowledge Center to participate in Online Information 2009 event
- 03 Nov 2009

Scope eKnowledge Center has announced that it is exhibiting (stall 754) at Online Information 2009, 1-3 December 2009, in London. R. Sivadas, Scope’s CEO, commented “We are delighted to be participating more actively in the information industries’ premier annual event as both an exhibitor and an event partner.”

The Online Information conference draws over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, and provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry – playing host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, epublishing and library management solutions.

Scope eKnowledge Center is a leading provider of outsourced, cost-effective content enhancement and knowledge services to the global information industry. Scope uses a combination of deep subject matter expertise in a number of business and STM domains, innovative technology and proprietary intellectual property to provide world class services, including abstracting, indexing, semantic enrichment, database and directory development and content authoring. Scope is also the publisher of Knowledgespeak, the authoritative, complimentary news service exclusively for the STM information industry. Knowledgespeak provides a wide range of information about the industry, including news alerts, a calendar of events, a comprehensive directory of STM publishers, blogs, articles, whitepapers and interviews.

About Scope eKnowledge Center

Scope eKnowledge Center, a Quatrro group company, is an award-winning provider of knowledge services to global customers. Scope leverages its rich Subject Matter Expertise (SME) and nearly two decades of information processing experience to offer content enhancement and knowledge services to business and STM information providers, as well as master data management and patent search and business research analytics to large global organizations. In operation for over 21 years, Scope has built a strong international clientele.

Headquartered in Chennai, India, Scope has sales and support offices in Philadelphia, Chicago and Richmond VA in the USA as well as in London, Brussels and Amsterdam.

About Quatrro

Quatrro is a BPO company founded by Raman Roy, who leads a team of highly experienced professionals. Quatrro focuses on pioneering new service lines, geographies and business models in Business Process Outsourcing. The company provides a range of vertical and horizontal service offerings which are targeted towards global clients in North America, Europe and Asia.

“Creating value through innovation” is the cornerstone of Quatrro's business philosophy. The company endeavors to provide its clients with innovative solutions at lower costs through a combination of tools, platforms and business processes.

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Elizabeth Donohue
Associate Vice President – Content Consulting
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NPG offers remote searching, desktop widgets via OpenSearch service
- 29 Oct 2009

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that it now offers remote searching of the nature.com platform via nature.com OpenSearch. The new service allows application software to query nature.com, and returns results in a machine-readable format that can be reused and redisplayed.

OpenSearch is projected as the latest example of NPG's drive to improve availability of article metadata on the nature.com platform, maximising usability for the research and information communities. As a demonstration of the new OpenSearch service NPG has developed nature.com search desktop widgets. Available for both Mac and PC, the widgets allow users to search nature.com without visiting the website. Searches are put together and sent by the widget, and results can be browsed with links back to the relevant article on nature.com. The widgets are available for download at Apple Downloads and Yahoo! Widgets Gallery.

Nature.com OpenSearch is claimed to take advantage of public protocols, using the emergent Search and Retrieve via URL (SRU) protocol and supporting the industry-standard OpenSearch conventions for accessing search engines. Federated searching, which enables the search of numerous resources via a single search interface, is now fully supported. Queries can be sent as a simple keyword list or as more complex descriptions, and the results returned in a machine-readable list-based format for easy integration.

NPG has recently made a number of improvements to nature.com infrastructure and services. The OpenSearch service follows the introduction earlier this year of support for the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (PMH), making metadata for all articles published on nature.com available via its OAI-PMH service.

The implementation of MarkLogic Server as the XML repository for nature.com is seen to have improved article indexing, making better metadata available for search. Author, title, journal name, DOI and keywords are automatically extracted from articles and indexed in the XML repository.

In December 2008, NPG began marking-up research article PDFs using Adobe's Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) technology - making article metadata machine-readable. XMP PDFs of research articles are now available in the majority of NPG's journals.

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DeepDyve launches online rental service for research data
- 28 Oct 2009

DeepDyve, a research engine for the Deep Web, has announced the launch of an online rental service for scientific, technical and medical research. From a growing database spanning thousands of journals, DeepDyve seeks to give consumers and professionals access to more than 30 million articles.

It has been observed that in the US alone, there are more than 50 million ‘sophisticated’ consumers and professionals, so-called ‘knowledge workers,’ who use the web for research for their education, health and careers. Often the best research information is available only on a subscription basis. As a result, most knowledge workers face significant challenges when trying to access authoritative content. According to a recent report from the Publishing Research Consortium1, these primary obstacles include the difficulty of finding the right information from among the millions of search engine results; the expense of paying $30 or more for each premium article; and the inconvenience of visiting multiple publisher sites.

DeepDyve claims to address these issues. The company has aggregated more than 30 million articles from thousands of journals, all in one place. Users can rent the full text of an article for about $0.99, or join a monthly plan and enjoy greater discounts and increased flexibility. With DeepDyve, it is expected that users can click, rent and read without any hassles. In addition, the company also offers many tools and personalised recommendations to foster ongoing discovery and convenience.

DeepDyve also claims to offer an array of features and benefits to enrich the searching and reading experience. This includes free search and preview; personalised suggestions; bookmarks; e-mail and RSS alerts; and a ‘More Like This’ option that offers links to related content with every search result and article page.

The company is currently offering a 14-day trial that allows users unlimited access to thousands of authoritative journals at no cost.

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WK Health to showcase key platform and content developments at Frankfurt Book Fair
- 16 Oct 2009

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Ovid and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) journals, part of its Medical Research business unit, are exhibiting at the ongoing Frankfurt Book Fair. Representatives from Ovid, an aggregator of online information for medical and scientific research, will be announcing a new Chinese-language interface for the OvidSP search and discovery platform. They will also be highlighting Ovid’s new publishing partnerships and recent OvidSP functionality enhancements.

OvidSP’s Chinese-language interface (offered in both traditional and simplified Chinese) is scheduled for deployment later this year. Sample screenshots will be available in the Wolters Kluwer booth. Currently, OvidSP supports interfaces in French, German and Spanish, in addition to English. Attendees can also learn about recent enhancements to OvidSP’s online journal browsing and display functionality. Ovid continues to expand its e-book and journal content offerings with recently announced partnerships with premier publishers, including Oxford University Press, as well as the Royal Society of Chemistry, AHC Media, Springer Publishing and CIG Media.

LWW, an international publisher for healthcare professionals and students, is showcasing its flexible and customisable online journal platform for its society partners. This guide seeks to give readers an informative understanding of the number of complicated financial products in this $531 trillion market. It also looks to guide them through the patchwork of regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and contractual standards established by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.

LWW representatives will be on hand to discuss key titles covering a range of medical and nursing specialties, including new journals for 2009. The company will also be featuring its capabilities to help societies innovate and extend their online content strategies through customisable journal websites, which are designed to enrich the journal experience for society members and subscribers.

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FIZ Chemie to present new eBook Guide and Infotherm database at ILDS event
- 15 Oct 2009

Chemical information provider FIZ Chemie, Germany, has announced plans to present its new eBook Guide and its Infotherm thermophysical facts database at the 11th Interlending and Document Supply Conference (ILDS) from October 20 – 22, 2009. On the 50th anniversary of the Hanover Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), the German National Library of Science and Technology, this international library conference will be taking place in the state capital of Lower Saxony.

The new FIZ Chemie eBook Guide provides a full text search of e-publications across different publishers for anyone who is searching for scientific, medical or technical literature. Libraries can integrate the search engine in their library catalogue (OPAC) and set up the software so that users are only shown e-book titles to which the library subscribes or to which the library is licensed by the publisher. The eBook Guide provides immediate evidence of about 10,000 indexed e-books, including the DOI (digital object identifier). Currently the vast majority are Springer eBooks. A contract with the de Gruyter publishing house and ongoing negotiations with numerous other STM publishing houses are expected to guarantee continuous expansion of the data source.

The Infotherm database has been expanded to include various search functions. It is projected to cover about 95 percent of all values relevant for thermophysical processes and procedures which have been published around the world in specialist literature. In its new form, it is expected to save chemical engineers and process engineers from time-consuming, manual searches through endless hit lists. In addition, it also allows open search enquiries for the first time. Searchers are no longer tied to entering the concrete name of a compound.

The open query uses a new filter option by about 500 families of compounds. With this function about four million datasets on about 39,000 substance mixtures and approximately 21,000 pure substances can be explored without any redundancy. Also new is the XML-based IUPAC data exchange format in Infotherm, which guarantees fault-free and complete recording of thermophysical data from e-journals. It is also possible to export all Infotherm data in the IUPAC standard.

The ILDS 2009 is preceded by the free forum ‘Rethinking Resource Sharing in Europe’, which takes place on October 19 at the Bonatz Hall of the Hanover Conference Centre. At this forum, the initiative Resource Sharing will be presenting ideas on how knowledge resources can be made more accessible to the public through libraries. This is sponsored by the OCLC, and library software suppliers BCR and relais international.

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Ovid partners with CIG Media and A & C Black to offer core e-resources to the medical research community
- 02 Sep 2009

Information solutions provider Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced new licensing agreements with medical publisher Cancer Information Group (CIG) Media and A & C Black, which publishes a diverse set of books in a wide variety of subjects and categories, including scientific reference. As a leading aggregator of online scientific information, Ovid works with more than 150 international and society publishers, offering a wide selection of online books, journals and databases via OvidSP, its leading precision search and discovery platform.

As part of its agreement with CIG Media, 8 journals are scheduled to be available for annual subscription in September. These include Clinical Breast Cancer; Clinical Colorectal Cancer; Clinical Genitourinary Cancer; Clinical Lung Cancer; Clinical Leukemia; Clinical Lymphoma & Myeloma; Clinical Ovarian Cancer; and Supportive Cancer Therapy. CIG Media publishes peer-reviewed, tumor-specific content from key specialists and opinion leaders in various types of cancers and hematology fields.

UK publisher A & C Black has an extensive selection of books, including dictionaries and handbooks for students and researchers. Five of these will be available on OvidSP in September, including Black’s Medical Dictionary, a the bestselling medical dictionary which includes over 5,000 definitions, medical terms and concepts, as well as illustrations; Dictionary of Nursing, with over 11,000 nursing terms; and Black's Veterinary Dictionary, a bestseller for over 70 years; as well as two brand-new titles - The Sports Injuries Handbook and The Complete Guide to Abdominal Training. Ovid’s global customer base can access these titles on Books@Ovid, OvidSP’s ebooks platform, as either an annual subscription or as a one-time purchase, which gives them perpetual access on Books@Ovid.

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Cengage Learning launches CengageBrain.com, enters textbook rental market
- 17 Aug 2009

Higher education publisher Cengage Learning, US, has announced that it will enter the print textbook rental market with the Fall 2009 launch of CengageBrain.com - a single destination providing students with the choice to rent or purchase the company's diverse array of learning solutions. CengageBrain.com will serve as the expanded version of the current iChapters.com. Cengage Learning is the first higher education publisher to offer a print textbook rental option directly to students, with titles available at a cost of 40 to 70 percent less than the suggested retail price, addressing customer demand for additional lower cost options.

The site will launch in December 2009 with an initial offering of several hundred titles for rent, followed by a more comprehensive roll-out of titles available for rent in July 2010. CengageBrain.com will serve as a one-stop shop offering students yet another choice when acquiring course materials, in addition to the current options of purchasing print textbooks, e-textbooks, individual e-chapters and audio books. The site will also include Cengage Learning's broad range of homework and study tools, features a selection of free content and offers discounts for purchasing multiple products.

The rental process will be simple and convenient for customers. Students who choose the rental option will have immediate access to the first chapter of the book in e-book format and will also have a choice of shipping options. Once the rental term is complete, students can either choose to print a return label from CengageBrain.com and ship the textbook back, or purchase the title.

CengageBrain.com is the latest innovation from Cengage Learning, the first higher education publisher to offer a full-choice, direct-to-consumer online retail outlet and the first to sell e-textbooks by the chapter. The company has pioneered the development and delivery of a range of unique print and digital learning solutions, such as 4LTR Press, The Watch and Aplia.

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More than 2000 members join Methodspace community for research methods
- 17 Aug 2009

Academic publisher SAGE has announced that Methodspace – the social network for the research methods community – has passed more than 2000 members in less than six months after launch.

Launched in March by SAGE, Methodspace facilitates online discussion about all aspects of research methodology. Registered users can participate in discussions about methodology issues and controversies; find out about relevant conferences and events; and discover and review new resources in methods, including free book chapters and journal articles.

The site has attracted an international community of professional and scholarly researchers from more than 100 countries and from a broad range of disciplines, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods. Users represent PhD students; researchers; lecturers; medical professionals; teachers; and business professionals.

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South Dakota Board of Regents selects Thomson Reuters research solutions
- 12 Aug 2009

Business information company Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the South Dakota Board of Regents has chosen to provide ISI Web of Knowledge, one the world's largest citation environment of the highest quality scholarly literature, to its six-campus university system for the next five years. The new contract calls for expanding access to arts and humanities databases in addition to continuing use of science and social science databases. Web of Science, which provides researchers, faculty, and students access to leading research citation indexes, is part of the ISI Web of Knowledge.

The ISI Web of Knowledge research platform delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, as well as search and analysis tools that enhance this content. The platform provides users the ability to search the right content and find relevant information - whether that information is found in international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings or web sites.

Using the Web of Science, the multidisciplinary bibliographic resource within ISI Web of Knowledge, students and faculty of the higher-education institutions governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents now have access to more than 12,000 research journals from around the world. Additionally, the Board of Regents now offers researchers other components of the ISI Web of Knowledge suite including BIOSIS Previews, EndNote, Current Contents Connect and Journal Citation Reports.

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CRKN in deal with SAGE to provide member libraries access to SAGE Premier
- 05 Aug 2009

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) has signed an agreement with academic publisher SAGE. Under the deal, CRKN will gain access to SAGE Premier, with content focusing on business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine.

Participating members of CRKN, an industry-leading, not-for-profit, collaborative organisation made up of 72 member universities in Canada, will now have access to SAGE Premier. SAGE Premier includes 514 leading international peer-reviewed titles, including high-impact research journals published on behalf of more than 245 scholarly and professional societies.

The majority of CRKN institutions have also chosen to purchase the SAGE Deep Backfile package, which provides online access beginning with volume 1, issue 1 of hundreds of journals.

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Chinese scientific database added to WorldWideScience’s offering
- 03 Aug 2009

The WorldWideScience Alliance has announced that China has recently signed its charter. Following this, users of WorldWideScience.org can now obtain access to the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China's database.

In addition, users will now have access to the document server at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); information from the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) database; and public health-related data from KoreaMed, a product similar to PubMed.

Using a federated search engine technology, WorldWideScience.org searches scientific and technical research and development data, including development data from close to 80 percent of the world's population-information. Prior to its availability from WWS, this data was not widely accessible through common search engines.

China is one of the leading publishers of scientific papers, with output that is new to many of the world's researchers. In November 2008, US-based search solutions provider Deep Web Technologies had announced the addition of essential Chinese research from the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China to WorldWideScience.org.

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Nature Publishing Group launches enhanced search platform powered by MarkLogic Server
- 31 Jul 2009

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced improved services for users, made possible by using MarkLogic Server as its XML repository. An enhanced nature.com search and the Palgrave Macmillan eBook platform, Palgrave Connect, are the first services from NPG to utilise MarkLogic Server. A product of Mark Logic Corporation, MarkLogic Server is an XML content platform that includes a unique set of capabilities to store, aggregate, enrich, search, navigate, and dynamically deliver content.

Nature.com serves as a gateway to all of the content published by NPG. Powered by MarkLogic Server, the enhanced nature.com search is now faster, more precise and up-to-date. Users can more effectively search articles from all journals on nature.com, and the search now also includes content from Nature News. Using Mark Logic's functionality, metadata is automatically extracted from articles and added instantly to the Mark Logic database. As a result, nature.com searches are faster and more precise. Improved indexing, including author, title, journal name, DOI and some keywords, enables more precise bibliographic queries.

MarkLogic Server is also the repository for Palgrave Connect, Palgrave Macmillan's eBook platform, powered by nature.com. Launched in February 2009, Palgrave Connect offers libraries a flexible approach to building an eBook collection of Palgrave Macmillan books for academic institutions. Site licenses provide access for an institution to more than 4,000 eBooks, split into collections by subject area. The eBooks are indexed using a Mark Logic pipeline to extract the full text as well as metadata including title, authors, year of publication, and various keywords.

MarkLogic Server offers a series of pipelines that enable NPG to process an article and automatically capture the metadata, automating the processing of information into the database/repository.

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Reprints Desk' ePrint procurement service now available via FIZ AutoDoc document delivery system
- 28 Jul 2009

Reprints Desk, a US-based content re-purposing company focused on medical and scientific publishing, and FIZ Karlsruhe, a European-based provider of information delivery services, have announced the immediate availability of Reprints Desk's article ePrint procurement service within the FIZ AutoDoc full-text brokerage routing system for document delivery. The new service enables FIZ AutoDoc customers, including dozens of major life science and other research-intensive companies, to simplify the content retrieval workflow for individual buyers and to improve internal visibility into electronic content spending and regulatory compliance.

FIZ AutoDoc claims to be the document delivery system of choice for many of Europe's largest corporations, supporting unmediated and mediated ordering for single journal articles, patent documents, reports, conference papers, proceedings or other publications. Reprints Desk offers ePrint procurement services as part of its Reprints NRx service that makes it easier for life science and healthcare communications companies to order bulk copies of peer-reviewed journal articles from scientific and medical publications for use in promotions and educational programmes. Scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles are important educational tools for pharmaceutical and other life science companies who communicate with medical professionals.

FIZ Karlsruhe integrated Reprints Desk's STM Document Delivery service into the FIZ AutoDoc system in June 2008. Reprints Desk is a provider of content workflow solutions, including document delivery services in support of research plus reprint services in support of product promotions and educational outreach. Reprints Desk also launched the group purchasing software service Reprints GPO in March 2009 to help companies and their global affiliates save money by aggregating individual scientific and medical article reprint purchases.

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OCLC launches new service to help libraries maximise web visibility of digital collections
- 28 Jul 2009

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has released the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway, a new service that helps libraries and other institutions maximise the visibility of unique primary source materials, such as digital photos, newspapers, letters and diaries, through WorldCat on the Web. The service is available to all users of OCLC CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software at no additional charge.

The WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway offers libraries a self-service tool to easily upload metadata from their unique digital content to WorldCat, an online resource for finding items held in libraries. Once the metadata is in WorldCat, libraries' digital collections are more visible and discoverable by Web searchers through WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local (including the 'quick start' version), Google, Yahoo! and other popular search engines.

The Gateway has been piloted in 12 institutions. Since May, the pilot participants used the Gateway self-service tools to upload thousands of records from their CONTENTdm collections into WorldCat. Because they have used the Gateway to set up profiles for their collections, the pilot users' metadata will be regularly uploaded to WorldCat as they add to their digital collections over time.

As libraries, museums and other cultural heritage organisations continue to upload CONTENTdm metadata, they are creating a collective digital repository to enrich the resources available to their end users. End users will be able to search WorldCat to find the resources they need from their library's digital collections of rare, historic or local materials, along with materials provided by other libraries around the world. Users will be able to click on items and visit these unique collections virtually by viewing items immediately on their computer screen-anytime, from anywhere.

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CourseSmart partners with seven new publishers to expand e-textbooks portfolio
- 27 Jul 2009

Digital course materials supplier CourseSmart LLC, US, has announced partnerships with publishers Elsevier Science and Technology, F.A. Davis, Jones & Bartlett, SAGE, Sinauer Associates, Taylor & Francis and Wolters Kluwer Health (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins). The partnerships are aimed at expanding the breadth and specialty of CourseSmart's higher education e-textbooks available to students and instructors across the country. With the addition of these publishers, CourseSmart now offers more than 7,000 e-textbooks, representing most of the higher education textbooks on the market. Existing publisher partners of the company include Pearson, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, John Wiley & Sons and the Bedford Freeman, Worth Publishing Group.

CourseSmart's e-textbooks enable students to access their textbooks from anywhere, at any time, without purchasing additional hardware or a dedicated reading device. Features like adding notes, highlighting and maintaining print page numbers are seen to replicate the important functionality of a print textbook while features like search, and copy/paste leverage the digital format to improve teaching and learning.

According to the company, thousands of faculty members are currently using CourseSmart as a resource and evaluation tool, taking advantage of the time savings and digital efficiencies created by accessing and reviewing textbooks online. CourseSmart's digital library includes e-textbook imprints from the Academic Press, Addison-Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Bedford/St. Martin's, Benjamin Cummings, Brooks/Cole, Butterworth-Heinemann, CL Engineering, CQ Press, CRC Press, Focal Press, Garland Science, Heinle, Longman, Merrill, Morgan Kaufmann, Nelson, Newnes, Pergamon Flexible Learning, Pine Forge Press, Prentice Hall, Psychology Press, Routledge, South Western, W.H. Freeman and Wadsworth.

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