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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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Atypon prepares its Literatum and nearly 1000 client websites for GDPR-compliance ahead of deadline
- 22 Jun 2018

Atypon's online publishing platform, Literatum, and nearly 1000 websites it hosts became GDPR-compliant well ahead of the European Union's deadline, enabling Atypon customers to meet GDPR requirements. Atypon's implementation also gives publishers control of how most of those requirements are implemented on their sites.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was enacted by the European Union to safeguard the personal data of all website users. They significantly enhance the security and privacy protections companies must provide for their customers. The regulations affect EU-based companies as well as companies outside of the European Union who do business, or have customers, within its borders.

As part of the GDPR-compliant platform, Literatum provides publishers with special widgets that enable them to give readers the ability to manage their personal data. Publishers can also control and automate the amount of time they retain reader data.

Atypon has upgraded other Literatum security features to further protect customers' content from misuse. Improved abuse monitoring and notifications, and flexible abuse mitigation strategies such as CAPTCHA, enhance protections against content theft. In addition, customers can refine Literatum's bot-detection capabilities via configurable whitelists and blacklists, ensuring readers who have licenses to the content are able to access it.

A future Atypon GDPR-related system improvement - giving readers the option to download all of the data a publisher has collected about them - is aimed at reducing the help desk requests that publishers receive. In addition, planned systems integration capabilities will enable publishers to automatically sync their GDPR-compliant data, such as opt-outs, with third-party marketing systems.

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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to move flagship journal Environmental Health Perspectives to Atypon’s Literatum online publishing platform
- 08 Mar 2018

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the institutes comprising the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), will move its flagship journal, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), to Atypon's Literatum online publishing platform. It will be the first US government publication hosted on Literatum and is the result of a competitive federal bid.

The new publication website, which will be 508-compliant with the US government's accessibility requirements, will host a podcast library, abstract proceedings, and Chinese language translations of articles that will be discoverable through the site's search interface. Videos will be added to the site post-launch.

The fully responsive site will be designed by the Atypon Design Studio using UX 3.0, Atypon's streamlined design-and-build system for modern, consumerised websites. Page Builder, Literatum's easy-to-use UI and UX design tool, will give the publisher complete control of their site's look, feel, and content.

Currently hosted on WordPress, EHP is a monthly peer-reviewed journal of research and news. With an impact factor of 9.78, it is one of the most highly ranked journals in Toxicology, Public, Environmental and Occupational Health, and Environmental Sciences. Its new continuous publication website will house the journal's complete archive-45 years worth of back issues.

The project will be funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

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EBSCO eBooks to soon make 70,000 titles available DRM-free to libraries
- 06 Mar 2018

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is making more than 70,000 EBSCO eBooks™ Digital Rights Management (DRM) free. The DRM-free initiative reinforces EBSCO's commitment to working with publishers to increase e-book options for libraries.

With thousands of DRM-free titles available, libraries can now purchase both DRM-free and DRM-protected e-books from EBSCO. Titles will be available on an unlimited concurrent user (UU) basis, and users will avoid any limitations on printing, saving, or downloading. No sign-in or Adobe ID will be required, and no special software will be needed to access these titles. Librarians will have the choice between the DRM-free unlimited user version of a title or a limited user model (1U or 3U) with standard DRM-protection, enabling them to maximise their budgets and customise their collections to meet user demand. Users will enjoy quick, intuitive access to both PDF and EPUB DRM-free downloads, either for the entire book or at the chapter level.

DRM-free EBSCO eBooks can be purchased on a title-by-title basis through preferred ordering services, including EBSCOhost Collection Manager (ECM), OASIS®, and GOBI®, the leading web-based acquisitions tool for academic libraries. Libraries that purchased limited concurrent user models can easily upgrade to the DRM-free versions.

In addition to the DRM-free initiative, EBSCO is committed to optimising the user experience for library patrons, and has made several enhancements to the EBSCO eBooks platform. A new chapter-download icon in the Table of Contents now allows users to download individual chapters easily, ensuring they can consume only the portions of the e-books they need for their research. Users may also export DRM-free content directly into Google Drive to streamline their research process. EBSCO continues to invest in several accessibility initiatives including viewer enhancements and support for EPUB, the technological standard for e-books, which enables links to end-of-chapter references, reflowable text, and is natively accessible to screen readers.

EBSCO eBooks offers access to the world's finest collection of e-book content, and is fully integrated with EBSCOhost® and EBSCO Discovery Service™. In addition to thousands of DRM-free titles, EBSCO eBooks offers more than one million high-quality e-books and 100,000 audiobooks from more than 1,500 major academic publishers and University Presses from around the world.

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NEJM launches redesigned website on Literatum
- 08 Feb 2018

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) recently relaunched the NEJM.org website on Literatum.

The new website was redesigned specifically to enhance user experience, and includes streamlined navigation that makes content discovery faster and easier; search facets and filters that let readers quickly drill down into multiple search results by date, article type, and/or specialty; a new Multimedia page that aggregates audio interviews, videos, Interactive Medical Cases, Case Challenges, and CME learning resources to provide more comprehensive information while increasing site engagement; a redesigned user interface responsive to smart phones and tablets, including enhanced cross-device access for a better user experience; and an extension of the redesign to the layouts of the NEJM.org eTOC alerts.

The website was created by Atypon with Page Builder - Literatum's fully integrated design-and-build tool for creating and managing websites. Page Builder's easy-to-use drag-and-drop widgets make it easy for NEJM to modify the site in real time, create new products from existing content, build new landing pages and microsites, and deliver content bundles and targeted advertising - without having to rely on developers or assistance from Atypon.

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The University of the Andes (Colombia) unveils trilingual OA journal site on Atypon’s Literatum online publishing platform
- 18 Jan 2018

The Universidad de los Andes (University of the Andes) in Colombia, a private research institution and one of the top universities in South America, has launched a new site for all of its journals on Literatum, Atypon's online publishing platform. The trilingual site offers researchers content in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, with interfaces available in Spanish and English. The Literatum platform natively supports content in any language.

Designed by Atypon, the new mobile-optimised site includes individually branded sections for each journal, with related editorial content at the article level. Multimedia such as videos and reader surveys with real-time results are enhancing users' experience.

For the first time, the University can document content usage across all journals. And as of November 2017, 75% of site visits were resulting in a full text download. Literatum's visualised reporting informs the editorial teams which articles are most accessed and downloaded, by journal, year of publication and the selected reading format, allowing them to closely monitor content usage.

An integrated dual-search functionality allows users to search the entire corpus of ten OA journals, or a single journal, making it fast and simple for researchers to find the content that they need. The new journal site cross-promotes relevant titles from, and links to, the University's book catalogue. Additionally, the new Author Services section provides a portal for authors to both prepare and submit their articles. The site includes the entire published backfile of each journal, starting from 1979.

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American Physiological Society transfers its journals to new online platform
- 13 Dec 2017

The American Physiological Society (APS) has announced the transfer of its journals to a new online platform, to provide journal readers and authors with an upgraded user experience. The move transfers 13 APS physiology research journals to Atypon's Literatum online publishing platform after more than 20 years with its previous and original online journal host.

The new custom site was designed by the Atypon Design Studio using Atypon's UX 3.0 design language and implementation system for modern scholarly websites that prioritises readers' and authors' needs.

Among the state-of-the-art features and functionality users can expect from the new website: the same experience on every type of device; convenient side-by-side full-text reading that places figures and references adjacent to related text; interactive PDFs with image enlargement, reference citation links and quicker downloads ('PDF Plus'); multimedia, including video abstracts, podcasts and social media, played within the article; fast, precise search and discovery across all journals; enhanced and openly viewable article-level usage statistics (Altmetrics); a single user login with APS member credentials for the entire site; fast, regular delivery of new features; and many other features designed to enhance the author and reader experience.

Journals hosted on Literatum are the American Journal of Physiology (AJP), which will have been continuously published for 120 years in 2018 (composed of AJP-Cell Physiology; AJP-Endocrinology and Metabolism; AJP-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology; AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology; AJP-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology; AJP-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology; AJP-Renal Physiology); Journal of Applied Physiology; Journal of Neurophysiology; Physiological Genomics; Physiology; Physiological Reviews; and Advances in Physiology Education. Comprehensive Physiology and Physiological Reports (the open access journal collaboration of APS and the Physiological Society) will move to Atypon's Literatum platform in early 2018 under the aegis of Wiley, which publishes those two journals on APS' behalf.

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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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Project MUSE expands its relationship with Google Scholar to implement Campus Activated Subscriber Access
- 16 Oct 2017

Project MUSE, the trusted source for humanities and social science content from university presses and scholarly publishers, has expanded its relationship with Google Scholar to include implementation of Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA), providing seamless access to subscribed or purchased content for an institution's users even when off campus or from a mobile device.

An extension of Google Scholar's Subscriber Links service, CASA makes note of a user's institutional affiliation when they access content from an authorised on-campus location, and then enables continued access to their library's MUSE journal and book holdings from home or when using a device not connected to the institution's network.

CASA makes it easy for students and researchers to access MUSE content from anywhere without the need for proxy/VPN or other off-campus authentication systems that can act as a barrier between users and the rich scholarly materials their library holds. CASA helps libraries provide their users with the most immediate access to acquired content while supporting licensing agreements. MUSE's participating publishers will benefit from users having frictionless access to the content on the MUSE platform, encouraging and increasing usage of the authorised versions.

No action is required by the subscribing institution to enable CASA; users utilising Google Scholar will, once their affiliation is recorded from on-campus, experience seamless access to their library's licensed MUSE content at home and on mobile. Users periodically refresh their CASA affiliation by visiting Google Scholar from a campus location, and usage of MUSE articles and book chapters facilitated by CASA is included in an institution's COUNTER statistics.

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Atypon’s online publishing platform Literatum to house The ACM Digital Library
- 04 Oct 2017

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world's largest computing society, has selected Atypon's online publishing platform, Literatum, to house The ACM Digital Library (ACM DL).

The ACM DL is the official guide to computer science research and literature, comprising not only all ACM publications, including journals, conferences proceedings, technical magazines, newsletters and books, but also a comprehensive bibliographic database with over two million entries from nearly all scholarly publishers in computing. ACM's new publications website will be designed in cooperation with the Atypon Design Studio.

For the last 20 years, The ACM DL has run on ACM's own platform. The move to Atypon will allow ACM to reallocate time previously spent on product maintenance to new product development in partnership with Atypon. All Atypon publishers benefit from client-specific enhancements to Literatum.

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Annual Reviews relaunches completely redesigned publications and corporate website on Atypon’s Literatum
- 31 Aug 2017

Annual Reviews, a non-profit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society, has relaunched its completely redesigned publications and corporate website on Atypon's Literatum, the scholarly publishing industry's most widely used online publishing platform.

The new site enables Annual Reviews, an Atypon client for 14 years, to create and maintain a unique brand for each of its 47 journals that is carried through the entire site. Independent sections for authors, librarians, and researchers create a ‘three-in-one' site architecture that makes user-specific content easily accessible.

The new site design—the publisher's first in six years—is geared specifically to pre-empt 'grab-and-go' user behaviour by encouraging readers to engage with Annual Reviews' site rather than merely downloading a PDF.

Prior to the redesign, the ratio of PDF-to-HTML usage was approximately 2:1, and site visits were brief. After the redesign, that ratio began moving beyond parity for some journals, and users now stay onsite nearly twice as long as they do when they visit just to download a PDF. In addition, the number of onsite searches has doubled, indicating sustained engagement with the entirety of the site's content.

Annual Review's new responsive site features enhanced navigation, search across all content types, and a frictionless eCommerce journey. The website was built with Page Builder, Literatum's easy-to-use, widget-based user experience design tool, which gives Annual Reviews' nontechnical staff direct, real-time control of their content, website design, and branding. Changes can be easily made at the page level and journal level, or rolled out across the entire site at once.

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IOP Publishing and IPEM celebrate launch of first ebook collaboration
- 18 Jul 2017

IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) have marked a new milestone in their 40-year relationship, with the publication of their first ebook together.

The book is the first in a new ebooks programme by IPEM and IOP Publishing, specifically designed for the medical physics and biomedical engineering communities.

It was written by IPEM Fellows Professor Patrick Horton, Honorary Consultant Physicist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, and David Eaton, chair of IPEM's Radiotherapy Special Interest group, from Mount Vernon Hospital, Middlesex.

Titled Design and Shielding of Radiotherapy Treatment Facilities, it is the heavily updated second edition of IPEM Report 75, first published in 1997 as part of IPEM's reports series, which provide consensus guidelines on a wide range of topics.

The new edition contains numerous updates, including guidance on new radiotherapy treatment techniques such as IMRT, VMAT, and FFF linacs, which impact on shielding requirements; special treatment techniques covering Gamma Knife, TomoTherapy, and CyberKnife; new shielding materials such as Magnetite concrete/ Nelco, Ledite and Verishield blocks; new bunker designs; and new calculation techniques.

It also aims to capture experience from the expansion in bunker construction in the National Cancer Plans, and to reflect current UK ionising radiation regulations.

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Atypon announces new features in latest release of Literatum
- 13 Jul 2017

A fully integrated eReader, a new multi-user license framework, and three new login options are among the new features in Atypon's latest release of Literatum, the most widely used and fully featured online publishing platform for the professional and scholarly publishing industry. The first of three regularly scheduled yearly updates, this release also includes Atypon Insights, a new business intelligence module that significantly upgrades Literatum's reporting capabilities.

Atypon's new in-browser eReader replaces PDF with EPUB to provide a superior online and offline reading experience for both books and journal articles—an industry first—and to keep readers on publishers' sites. By providing an alternative to PDFs, the Atypon eReader also reduces unlicensed content usage. EPUB is a non-proprietary open publication standard and a portable format that can be easily shared.

Based on open-source technology developed by the Readium Foundation, the Atypon eReader provides synchronized reading across multiple devices and offline in-browser support. Upcoming releases will include annotation, social reading, collaboration, and a personalised user dashboard.

Atypon Insights is Literatum's new business intelligence module. It collects event-level behavioural data on readers' content usage to uncover actionable intelligence. Its drag-and-drop tools and clear, familiar visualisations allow for on-the-fly report creation and interactive data exploration.

Three new authentication solutions-secure 'remember me' cookie-based login, passwordless login, and login via phone number verification-give publishers new options for providing their readers with fast, seamless access to their content while eliminating password-related security risks.

Atypon has also added a new multi-user license framework that enables publishers to control concurrent content usage by combining multiple variables, including duration and the number of simultaneous users and/or access requests. These new parameters enable publishers to offer consumer rental options, emulate a lending library, and create new broader offers for unserved market segments.

Additional new Literatum features in this latest product release include proprietary search algorithms that improve relevance ranking; more accurate search results for inaccurately spelled names; a new tool that enables designers to build customised website search queries; faster search query results; and faster content availability.

Literatum has been in continuous development for 20 years. More than two-thirds of Atypon's staff is devoted to software engineering.

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The Academy of Management to migrate journals to Atypon’s Literatum online publishing platform
- 21 Jun 2017

The Academy of Management (AOM), the preeminent global professional association for management and organisation scholars, has selected Atypon to host all Academy of Management journals content on the Literatum online publishing platform. In addition to articles, AOM content includes multimedia capabilities and conference proceedings.

Since their flagship journal launch in 1958, the Academy of Management publications have been an invaluable resource to members, authors and editors, institutional library customers and the many diverse audiences they serve. The Academy's six journals - Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Academy of Management Annals and Academy of Management Discoveries - will be launching on the Literatum platform in late spring 2018.

Atypon's software development philosophy prioritises scalability, straightforward tools, and automation features that give publishers direct control of their content without requiring additional staff. Its consumerized websites are designed to keep readers engaged.

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Atypon’ Literatum to become the online platform for The FASEB Journal
- 31 May 2017

Atypon has announced that its Literatum will become the online platform for The FASEB Journal, the flagship journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), in late fall 2017. The FASEB Journal is the world's most cited biology journal, according to Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports.

Atypon's software development philosophy gives publishers direct, real-time control of their content, website design, and digital brand. FASEB is the 13th publisher to migrate their journals to Literatum since 2016. The American Physiological Society (APS), a FASEB member, announced its move to Literatum in January.

The FASEB Journal is published by the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology. It is the world's most cited biology journal according to Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports and has been recognized by the Special Libraries Association as one of the top 100 most influential biomedical journals of the past century.

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Atypon’s Literatum online publishing platform now supports CHORUS
- 03 May 2017

Atypon has announced that its widely used online publishing platform, Literatum, now supports CHORUS and enables access while improving the discoverability of funded research.

CHORUS is a global non-profit organisation committed to enabling sustainable, cost-effective, and transparent public access to content reporting on funded research. Using elements of the existing research infrastructure, such as standards and identifiers, combined with open APIs, CHORUS optimises funder identification, content discovery and long-term accessibility, public accessibility monitoring, and dashboard reporting.

Atypon's unique implementation approach eliminates publishers' need to maintain a separate taxonomy and improves the contents' discoverability, making it faster and easier for funding agencies to find articles about the research that they funded, and for the public to freely access it after the publisher-determined embargo period.

Literatum's flexible CHORUS configuration syncs with Crossref's Open Funder Registry, creates a funder taxonomy, and automatically tags articles based on publisher-supplied metadata identifiers. Additionally, Literatum automatically provides CHORUS-specific metadata (including the public access date, the public and funder full-text access URLs, and the license URL) to Crossref.

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The American Society for Cell Biology and Bone & Joint Publishing migrate journals to Atypon’s Literatum online publishing platform
- 20 Apr 2017

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and Bone & Joint Publishing, the new imprint of the British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery, are moving their journals to Atypon's Literatum platform, becoming the eleventh and twelfth publishers to sign with Atypon since January 2016.

ASCB's two prestigious journals—Molecular Biology of the Cell and CBE/Life Sciences Education—will launch on Literatum in early 2018.

The Bone & Joint Journal, Bone & Joint Research, Bone & Joint 360, EFORT Open Reviews, and Orthopaedic Proceedings will join the publisher's open access Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, which was launched on Literatum earlier this year.

Atypon's customers include SAGE, the University of Chicago Press, the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Pharmacists Association, the American Physiological Society (APS), the Edinburgh University Press, Human Kinetics, and Health Affairs, all of whom announced the migration of, or launched their journals on, Literatum in 2016.

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AIP Publishing hosts 38 journals and 'Physics Today' on Atypon's Literatum platform
- 21 Mar 2017

Publishing technology company Atypon has announced that its Literatum, a widely used online publishing platform, now hosts all of AIP Publishing's journals, the journals of its member societies and publishing partners, and Physics Today, American Institute of Physics' (AIP) flagship magazine. Atypon's in-house design team created the relaunched Scitation.org site, which houses all of AIP Publishing's publications—the most influential news, comment, analysis and research in the physical sciences.

Scitation.org was built and is maintained with Page Builder, Literatum's easy-to-use website creation tool. Page Builder gives AIP Publishing independent control of the web domain of each member society and publishing partner, and the flexibility to meet the unique needs of each partner's individuated branding.

Scitation.org houses both scholarly and journalistic content, including the new Physics Today website, with articles and recurring editorial columns enriched by vibrant imagery, high-resolution photos, video, and interactive content. Literatum was integrated with WordPress to enable Physics Today's online editors to continue to work in their existing authoring environment.

"In addition to an improved user experience for our online readers—with faster access to research and a more modern and intuitive site design—Literatum provides AIP Publishing the flexibility to enhance the brands of our publishing partners," said John Haynes, AIP Publishing's Chief Executive Officer. "Iterative search and enhanced navigation give researchers a more productive user experience on any device."

'Related articles,' 'most read,' and ‘most shared' features are dynamically populated by PageBuilder widgets to target readers with the content most likely to interest them. Curated 'editor's picks' and 'featured articles' are also powered by Page Builder. Commenting and one-click social media sharing further increase reader engagement, and searches fuelled by a shared taxonomy generate combined results from all of AIP Publishing's content, including journal and magazine articles, editorials, videos, and images. Hosting multiple content types on a single domain extends site visits and fuels SEO, helping publishers attract new visitors.

Librarians will benefit from simpler and more efficient management of all AIP Publishing holdings, including remote access and usage reports via Literatum.

In total, nearly 1 million articles from 38 journals from AIP Publishing, their member societies and publishing partners are hosted on the new Scitation, including the community leading journals - Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, The Journal of Chemical Physics, and AIP Advances.

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American Pharmacists Association relaunches PharmacyLibrary.com on Atypon’s Literatum platform
- 01 Mar 2017

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has relaunched PharmacyLibrary.com, its pharmacy education and reference website, on Atypon's Literatum, the scholarly and professional publishing industry's most widely used online publishing platform. Atypon now hosts APhA's core library of 44 pharmacy reference and technician training eBooks, case studies, educational materials, and board review tools for NAPLEX®, the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam.

The site includes Literatum's newest feature—an interactive exams module—custom-built for APhA and now available to all Atypon clients. The module gives students a personalised dashboard for creating customised practice tests on the fly—by subject area and/or level of difficulty—from over 3,600 questions. The dashboard then dynamically displays content recommendations from APhA's library that are tailored to each student's test results and based on areas where the greatest improvement is needed.

Literatum's flexibility is giving APhA an unprecedented level of control over how its content is managed and displayed online. APhA can now customise content display and bonus offers based on the identity of the user: student, instructor, or Association member. APhA's newest initiative, titled PharmacotherapyFirst: A Multimedia Learning Resource, will incorporate the interactive exams module, reference content, and original multimedia elements into a peer-reviewed resource focused on disease-state management and patient care.

Atypon's engineers created a full-featured site in 10 months, meeting APhA's aggressive development schedule. The new site includes single sign-on with APhA's association management system (AMS) and Learning Tools Interoperability integration with APhA's 'Learner Community' learning management system. The NAPLEX® review module is powered by Atypon's Digital Objects technology, which gives all content the same degree of enhanced functionality, from APhA's test questions and answers to their books, Active Learning Exercises, case studies, and high-resolution streaming videos.

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Ingenta announces landmark collaboration with CEPIEC in China
- 16 Feb 2017

Ingenta, a software provider to the publishing industry, has signed an agreement with China Educational Publications Import & Export Corporation Ltd (CEPIEC), which will enable publishers on Ingenta Connect to market and sell their content to Chinese researchers and institutions.

The two year deal with China's largest academic digital resource importer will provide international publishers who host their content on Ingenta Connect with access to the burgeoning Chinese scholarly market via a new scholarly pay-per-view platform, launched by CEPIEC and major Chinese search engine Baidu.

Academic institutions and individual researchers in China will be able to use Baidu Scholar's search facilities to browse and locate the content they need using the metadata Ingenta Connect publishers have supplied. The content can then be acquired via the new pay-per-view platform and downloaded as a PDF through a link which is valid for 72 hours.

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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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Atypon creates Bone & Joint Publishing’s new OA journal site on Literatum
- 26 Jan 2017

Bone & Joint Publishing, the publishing imprint of The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery, has launched a new open access journal site on Atypon’s Literatum, the professional and scholarly publishing industry’s most widely used online publishing platform. The new site, home to Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics, the official journal of the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society, was completed in two months.

The publisher signed the contract to publish the journal, previously published by Springer, in the autumn of 2016, and needed to relaunch it on their own site by early January 2017—a significant technological challenge. Atypon began work on the project in early November, migrating 800 articles from Springer while maintaining Springer’s proprietary DTD. The new website, designed by Atypon to match Bone & Joint Publishing’s existing online branding, was launched on January 10, 2017.

The new site will help meet Bone & Joint Publishing’s goals of increasing the journal’s usage, citations, and Impact Factor. The journal has been indexed by Web of Science since January 2016, and is already in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

The open access journal is supported by Literatum’s technologies for delivering, marketing, and monetising content, including integrated ad serving and enhanced SEO. Literatum’s modular architecture facilitated a rapid migration; researchers will benefit from Literatum’s faceted onsite search and personalized content recommendations.

Future site enhancements include the addition of a taxonomy to further improve and refine onsite search, automate the creation of new products, and personalize the reading experience for each visitor.

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The American Physiological Society and Health Affairs move to Atypon’s Literatum online publishing platform
- 11 Jan 2017

Atypon, makers of Literatum, the professional and scholarly publishing industry's technologically advanced and widely used online publishing platform, has signed multi-year agreements with two leading publishers - the American Physiological Society (APS) and Health Affairs.

APS will house 13 journals, including the seven titles of the American Journal of Physiology, on Literatum starting in 2018. Health Affairs journal and its award-winning blog, podcast series, policy briefs, and videos will be hosted on Literatum starting in 2017. Their content currently resides on two separate platforms.

Both publishers will benefit from Literatum's ability to create productive, personalized user experiences that allow them to connect with individual visitors and deepen their relationships with subscribers. From improved SEO that drives website traffic to enhanced onsite discovery and content tailored to each visitor, Literatum is engineered to support Active Publishing, Atypon's strategy for broadening readership, increasing revenues, and elevating a publisher's brand.

Literatum's native support for any content type gives publishers a significant SEO boost, facilitates cross-selling and upselling, and makes it easy for publishing staff to create new combined product offerings and automate their promotion.

Literatum provides all of the technologies for delivering, marketing, and monetizing content to convert visitors to subscribers. Atypon added 7 new clients in 2016, representing over 2,400 journals and 10 million articles.

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Atypon’s integration of Kudos increases discoverability and impact of publishers’ content
- 20 Oct 2016

Atypon's Literatum, the industry's widely used online publishing platform, now provides the benefits of its new integration with Kudos, the web-based service that maximises the discoverability of journal articles and other academic content. The integration includes a special enhancement to Kudos to facilitate data loading from Literatum.

By giving authors tools to easily distribute their articles via social media channels, increase their articles' visibility, and track the resulting usage, Kudos deepens engagement with a publisher's content, allows publishers to fine-tune their marketing strategies, and increases site traffic, readership, and journal impact. Kudos also enables publishers to identify high-interest content and benchmark its performance against a wide range of metrics.

Atypon publishers that use the Kudos service can set up an automated Kudos feed to deposit article XML metadata directly from Literatum. The integration will be extended soon to include metadata transfer for eBooks and the provision of usage data from Literatum to Kudos, which will help authors understand how their communications efforts increase their readership.

Page Builder, Literatum's drag-and-drop website creation tool, lets publishers easily add a Kudos widget to their article pages. The author's plain-language summary is then displayed alongside the article abstract on the publisher's site, increasing the article's discoverability and making it easier to understand. Publishers who have added the widget include Emerald Group Publishing and Liverpool University Press.

Twenty-five percent of Kudos's customer base of 71 publishers are Atypon clients, and Kudos is already in use by several Atypon customers, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), MIT Press, and Taylor & Francis. Another five are expected to begin using the link between the two platforms in the coming months.

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Atypon announces significant enhancements to its online publishing platform, Literatum
- 21 Jul 2016

In the most recent of its three regularly scheduled yearly releases, Atypon has added significant enhancements to Literatum, the most widely used and fully featured online publishing platform for the professional and scholarly publishing industry.

Atypon's new universal content type technology, known as Digital Objects, assigns a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to any type of content or media, including blogs, news articles, videos, images, and interactive visualizations. Each Digital Object can then be tagged, indexed, packaged, targeted, promoted, bundled, and sold as easily as traditional content types like journal articles and book chapters.

As with all other website interface elements, Digital Objects are incorporated with Page Builder, Literatum's easy-to-use, widget-based website creation and editing tool. The Digital Objects widget enables publishers to customise the way each Digital Object looks and functions.

The idea of universal content types stemmed from a development for The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), an Atypon customer since 2008, who needed a means to replace Flash video with HTML on their site. Atypon developed NEJM’s initial requirement into a powerful feature that has been incorporated into Literatum and is now available to all Atypon customers.

Literatum has been in continuous development for 20 years. The latest Literatum release also includes a streamlined eCommerce interface modelled on the best practices of leading consumer-oriented websites. Subscriptions, pay-per-view options, and both print and electronic content can now all be purchased from the same shopping cart. Unpurchased items are automatically saved until the user next logs in, and the platform provides automated product recommendations, acquisition histories, and abandoned cart alerts. Literatum can also sell content and products from publishers' websites hosted elsewhere.

The new release also includes support for two-factor authentication (2FA), a security feature, and for JATS 1.1, the latest version of the XML standard.

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TrendMD and ReadCube integration across Ingenta Connect to enhance discovery of scholarly article
- 04 May 2016

Ingenta, a provider of technology and associated services to the publishing and information industries, has partnered with the scholarly discovery services TrendMD and ReadCube to boost discoverability of articles hosted on its aggregated content portal Ingenta Connect.

The platform integration with TrendMD enables Ingenta Connect publishers to drive traffic to their content online and grow their readership. TrendMD generates personalised on-site content recommendations, based on the articles that users, and likeminded peers, are reading. The partnership follows a successful pilot project which delivered a five per cent increase in overall article usage among 31 participating publishers and 96 journals.

Publishers on Ingenta Connect also now have access to ReadCube's Discover service, offering deep-indexing of their content for enhanced discoverability across ReadCube's free web, desktop and mobile apps, search engines, related article feeds and its popular personalised recommendation engine. The agreement also transforms indexed collections into interactive Enhanced PDFs when read on any of the ReadCube apps. Features include hyperlinked in-line citations, annotation tools, instant access to supplemental materials and figures, clickable author names, citation history, social sharing, and Altmetrics.

Following the recent collaboration with Kudos, a service that helps researchers and publishers to maximise the visibility and impact of their articles online, the TrendMD and ReadCube partnerships are the latest initiatives that have been incorporated into Ingenta Connect to increase the reach and readership of articles hosted on the platform.

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Ingenta Connect and Kudos partnership to increase discoverability of academic content
- 26 Apr 2016

Ingenta, a provider of technology and associated services to the publishing and information industries, and Kudos have announced a new partnership to make the Kudos service available to publishers hosted on the Ingenta Connect platform.

Kudos works with academic publishers to help scholarly authors to maximise the visibility and impact of their published articles. The service provides an easy-to-use platform for creating information to help searching, for sharing information to drive discovery, and for measuring and monitoring the effect of such activity. Researchers using Kudos can expect increased usage of and citations to their publications, and enable publishers to engage more fully with their author communities and thereby increase publication performance.

The 300 publishers aggregated or hosted directly on Ingenta Connect, including many university presses, can now take advantage of this new relationship and its many benefits with immediate effect.

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Publishing Technology in deal with three new publishers for content hosting on ingentaconnect
- 19 Jan 2016

Content solutions provider Publishing Technology plc has signed agreements with three new publishers for the hosting of content on ingentaconnect.

Content from the trio of German publishers, including Govi Verlag, Helmut Buske Verlag and Felix Meiner Verlag, will be available exclusively and immediately via the aggregation platform.

Launched in 1999, ingentaconnect is the most comprehensive collection of academic and professional content online. Accessible in more than 25,000 registered institutions around the world, ingentaconnect delivers over 300,000 downloads every month from nearly 10,000 hosted journals, books, reports and statistics documents via subscription or pay-per-view. With nearly 1.4 million visits and over 3.2 million page views per month, ingentaconnect publishers benefit from an established user-base and over 350 linking and distribution partners.

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Montezuma Publishing to host Journal of Applied Research in the Community College on ingentaconnect
- 09 Oct 2015

Montezuma Publishing will soon host the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College on ingentaconnect – the home of scholarly research.

Since 1993, the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College (JARCC) has served the institutional research and planning professionals in community colleges. JARCC is a semi-annual peer-reviewed journal that features articles relating to the integration of research and theory to practice in community colleges. The journal provides an intellectual space to communicate innovative practices in applied research that supports educational and administrative decision-making at the institutional, state, and national levels.

JARCC is published by the San Diego State University's EdD program in Community College Leadership and Community College Leadership Alumni Chapter

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Publishing Technology and Altmetric announce new partnership
- 30 Sep 2015

Altmetric and Publishing Technology have announced a new partnership that will enable publishers hosting content on the ingentaconnect platform to embed Altmetric badges onto their article pages, giving greater visibility of online impact data for their titles.

Under the new arrangement, ingentaconnect publishers will benefit from a streamlined integration process, making it easy for them to track and review the online attention data Altmetric will collect relating to their published content.

Altmetrics have been developed in recent years as a way of monitoring the online attention a research output receives immediately after publication. These metrics can then be used alongside more traditional indicators of impact, such as citations and download counts, to understand the broader influence and dissemination of the work.

Altmetric tracks a range of sources, including mainstream news outlets, public policy documents, blogs, research highlight platforms, social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, and (more recently) Wikipedia. Mentions of articles in these sources are displayed on the "details page" for each research output, accessible via the Altmetric donut visualisation. A score is also assigned to indicate the volume of all the attention each output has received.

Publishers on ingentaconnect with an interest in adding Altmetric data to their journals should contact their Account Manager.

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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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British Library and Publishing Technology partner to make Document Supply Service content available via ingentaconnect
- 15 Jul 2015

The British Library and Publishing Technology have announced a new partnership, which will make 5,400 new journal and book titles available via the ingentaconnect online platform.

With over 25,000 registered institutions and millions of end users in more than 170 counties accessing scholarly titles via ingentaconnect.com, the agreement offers the British Library a new channel for connecting key international audiences with its Document Supply Service content.

Journal content from an assortment of academic publishers, such as Oxford University Press, Elsevier Science, Nature Publishing Group and the Royal Society of Chemistry, will be available for ingentaconnect users to purchase as part of the collaboration. Content from a number of British Library sources are already live on the site with more to follow later this month.

The agreement instantly broadens the reach of the Document Supply Service titles and makes this content more discoverable online, both through library discovery services and the platform itself. In turn, the addition of these British Library-held publications to ingentaconnect increases the platform's rich catalogue of academic titles by over 40 percent.

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MA Healthcare announces new sales partner for nursing and medical education journals
- 19 May 2015

Mark Allen Group's MA Healthcare has announced a new sales partner for Nursing and Medical Education Journals hosted on Atypon's Literatum Platform.

MA Healthcare joins a select group of publishers as part of a new offering from EBSCO. Long known as both a subscription agency and a database vendor, EBSCO has pooled the resources from both areas and now offers selected publishers truly expanded worldwide sales and marketing efforts as part of a new program.

MA Healthcare, part of Mark Allen Group, is a publisher of nursing and medical information. It publishes 29 peer-reviewed journals for healthcare professionals working in nursing, midwifery, hospital and emergency medicine, allied health, health economics and animal health. Its publications include, British Journal of Nursing, British Journal of Midwifery, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation and Journal of Wound Care. Its renowned nursing e-collection, internurse, includes the content from 18 journals covering all areas of specialist nursing, MA Healthcare's content is available on its e-journal platform, magonlinelibrary.com, powered by Atypon's Literatum platform.

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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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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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Publishing Technology ends 2014 on a high with 10 percent rise in ingentaconnect publishers
- 19 Dec 2014

Content solutions provider Publishing Technology has ended this year on a high by announcing one of its most significant achievements - a 10 per cent rise in the number of publishers choosing to host their publications on its ingentaconnect platform.

The Company signed new deals in 2014 with 27 major academic and professional publishers, including The Society for American Archaeology, Peter Lang Publishing, The Open University, The Chicago Linguistic Society, Manchester University Press, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, The American Society on Aging and Karnac Books, who join the list of over 250 publishers already hosting their book and journal content digitally on ingentaconnect.

The year also saw Publishing Technology welcome five new clients onto its advance enterprise system. Editions Lefebvre Sarrut (ELS) is currently rolling out the system's Order to Cash module across three of its subsidiary companies, while Macmillan Distribution (MDL) recently went live with a new subscriptions platform also running on Order to Cash. In addition, Egmont Kids Media launched its new global contracts and rights system on advance this month and Peking University Press became the latest publisher to sign up for the product suite in 2014. Further success in the Chinese market was also seen as China Law Press saw its installation completed, taking the number of publishers now operating with advance up to ten.

Two pub2web contracts were signed with new customers in the shape of The Society for General Microbiology and China's Zhonghua Book Company, while The American Institute of Physics and John Benjamins launched their sites on the custom online hosting solution. Meanwhile the Company's industry consultancy arm, Publishers Communication Group (PCG), also enjoyed notable successes working with eight new organisations to help them expand their reach, including The American Nuclear Society, Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and Christian Science Monitor. Finally, in addition to several major projects for Publishing Technology's long-standing Vista clients being undertaken in 2014, F+W has seen its extensive upgrade and streamlining of its author2reader print fulfilment systems completed this year.

It was also a year of transition for Publishing Technology as the company appointed new CEO, Michael Cairns, who subsequently expanded his management team with new hires Melissanne Scheld, Managing Director of PCG, David Montgomery, CTO, and Byron Russell, Head of ingentaconnect.

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American Psychiatric Publishing re-launches PsychiatryOnline with Atypon
- 21 Nov 2014

Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, and American Psychiatric Publishing (APP), a division of American Psychiatric Association, have re-launched PsychiatryOnline on Atypon's Literatum platform.

PsychiatryOnline features DSM-5®— the most widely used psychiatric reference in the world — and The American Journal of Psychiatry as the cornerstones of a wealth of content that includes journals, textbooks, Psychiatric News, and a growing suite of DSM-5® products. With the significant increased flexibility conferred by Literatum, APP will now be able to continuously roll out upgrades and innovations that will enhance the value of the portal for subscribers.

Literatum, Atypon's flagship SaaS ePublishing platform, provides all of the functionality that professional and scholarly publishers need to compete in the digital world, including advanced search and information discovery, access control, e-commerce, advertising and business intelligence.

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EBSCO Information Services releases eBook Education Collection
- 20 Nov 2014

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has released a new subscription e-book collection, eBook Education CollectionTM. eBook Education Collection features more than 2,800 quality titles supporting students and faculty in education studies.

Titles in eBook Education Collection range from introductory texts for undergraduate coursework to more complex and detailed works for advanced students and scholars. The subscription collection also includes support materials for student teachers and professionals working in K-12 and higher education classrooms, covering topics from curriculum building to student behaviour and dynamics.

eBook Education Collection offers abundance of education titles at a substantial savings and offers the Unlimited User model (1BUU). New titles will be added quarterly to ensure the most current eligible content is available and MARC records are included at no additional cost.

According to EBSCO Vice President of Product Management Ken Breen, eBook Education Collection is geared toward Education Studies programs and libraries looking to provide relevant content for faculty and students at all levels. 'EBSCO's eBook Education Collection offers unique titles from top publishers designed to bring a variety of content related to Education Studies into the library collection. Whether users need introductory text or advanced research materials or professional support, the new subscription collection allows libraries to provide essential content throughout the education discipline.

In addition to thousands of quality titles from top university presses and academic publishers, eBook Education Collection includes content from leading education publishers including McGraw-Hill Education, Sense Publishing, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Science Teachers Association and Stylus Publishing .

A true education collection, eBook Education Collection includes more than 900 titles not found in other EBSCO subscription collections and nearly 2000 titles not available in subscription collections from other e-book providers. eBook Education Collection also include more front list content than any other collection.

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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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Ingram enhances ipage platform for academic libraries
- 04 Nov 2014

Ingram Content Group Inc. has announced the launch of comprehensive content selection tools on its ipage search and order content platform, simplifying the search, selection and acquisition of materials for academic libraries worldwide.

A wide range of features have been added to the ipage platform, offered through Ingram Book Group Inc., to help academic libraries take full advantage of Ingram's breadth of content. New features include search, filtering and content sorting options in addition to reviewing and managing new title notifications and print and e-book approval plans. Fast search results and intuitive navigation simplify the acquisition process. Other helpful tools include choices in batch title processing and forwarding and email options to stay connected with colleagues anywhere, with access to view actions taken on titles.

Academic libraries can prioritise critical information to search, order and deliver more content to more patrons. Libraries can develop and maintain an infinite number of title lists on the platform and can customise processes to work with any collection development and acquisition workflow.

With the integration of Ingram's OASIS® platform for libraries into ipage now complete, Ingram will work collaboratively with customers to transition them to the integrated platform in phases through mid-2015.

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Impelsys unveils iPublishCentral 6.0
- 09 Oct 2014

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has announced iPublishCentral 6.0, the latest release of its digital publishing software. The 6.0 version is a mobile-focused initiative that allows publishers to offer their users, easy purchase, navigation, and search options direct from handheld devices.

The enhanced 6.0 version is anchored around improving the user interface and design. Developed to offer a rich and engaging reading experience, across multiple hand-held devices, this release has additional features that include revamped design templates for the end user portal to enhance user experience; text-to-speech for an immersive and engaging reading experience; dictionary look-up; create notes and organise user generated content; and changes to the admin console to make the back-end portal more user-friendly.

iPublishCentral is a white labelled delivery infrastructure solution that enables publishers through a SaaS model to warehouse, market, sell, and deliver content online across multiple platforms. With a single go-to portal, consumers can access publisher's digital content from eBooks, journals, interactive media, learning objects to assessments. This would help publishers increase their brand presence and establish themselves as a viable channel for content and online learning.

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Atypon to host all Inderscience content on Literatum platform, beginning mid-2015
- 25 Sep 2014

Scientific publisher Inderscience Publishers has announced the appointment of Atypon, a leading provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, to host all Inderscience content from mid-2015 on its Literatum platform.

Atypon announced the acquisition of Metapress, Inderscience's former hosting provider, in April 2014. Inderscience Publishers is one of many Metapress clients taking advantage of the opportunity to transition to Literatum, one of the most technologically advanced platforms in the industry. Inderscience Publishers joins over 200 publishers who are publishing more than 6500 journals, 100,000 books, and 17 million articles on Literatum today.

Inderscience Publishers is an independent company established in 1979 through flagship titles International Journal of Vehicle Design and International Journal of Technology Management, and a mission to foster and promote cross-industry innovative thinking. Inderscience Publishers aim to provide a framework for authors to publish in new areas and to offer a range of high-quality peer-reviewed international journals in engineering and technology; computing; economics and management; healthcare and biosciences; and energy, environment and sustainable development.

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Publishing Technology unveils new interface and enhanced features for ingentaconnect
- 24 Sep 2014

Content solutions provider Publishing Technology has announced a new interface for its ingentaconnect platform, which claims to be the world's largest resource for scholarly publications.

The first part of the multi-phased relaunch of ingentaconnect.com sees the site's user experience enhanced, access to information and navigation dramatically improved across the board, and a new-look, user-friendly homepage redesigned to highlight featured publications, new and most viewed titles on the platform as well as a Twitter feed containing up-to-the-minute news and service updates.

One of the major new developments on the site is the addition of Connect Compilations. This innovative feature empowers publishers to bring together and repackage different types of previously published content, from books to journals and special reports to data, enabling the creation of bespoke virtual publications tailored to specific audiences.

Further developments and functionality enhancements will be launched over the next six months as Publishing Technology continues to drive forward its plan to strengthen and improve the platform's offering to publishers, librarians and end users.

Simultaneously, Publishing Technology has welcomed nine new publishers to ingentaconnect, including six transitioning their content across from MetaPress: University of South Carolina, Scrivener Publishing, Springer Publishing Company, Society for American Archaeology, Association for Career and Technical Education Research, Henry Stewart Publications, Local Population Studies Society, Association for Architectural Editors and Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie.

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IHS to make AMACOM publications available via IHS Knowledge Collections
- 22 Sep 2014

IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight, and AMACOM, a division of the American Management Association, has announced a new partnership that allows IHS to resell numerous AMACOM titles covering project management theory, process and best practice; as well as AMA handbooks on a variety of related topics.

The partnership between IHS and AMACOM equips business, project and product management leadership teams with guiding principles from Peter Drucker, the renowned management thought leader. This arrangement provides for additional proficiency and collaboration tools to help management leaders avoid project risks, ensure project governance, enhance team communication and instill operational excellence.

The titles available from the IHS-AMACOM partnership are a collection from AMACOM authors who are experts in their fields, and whose work stems from their experience as world-class educators, successful executives, business owners, trainers, consultants and journalists.

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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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Royal College of Surgeons of England in deal with Atypon for Literatum to power their online journals
- 10 Sep 2014

Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, has announced that Royal College of Surgeons of England has signed an agreement with Atypon for Literatum to power their online journals. The Royal College of Surgeons of England chose the Literatum platform to manage, deliver and monetise their content and provide more valuable features to librarians and readers.

The Royal College of Surgeons publications include the Annals, the Bulletin, and the FDJ. The College also publishes the findings of working groups established to study particular issues and a wide variety of education, support, guidance and assessment materials.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care. The college supports 20,000 members in the UK and internationally by improving their skills and knowledge, developing policy and guidance, and carrying out projects to improve surgical care.

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Atypon's Literatum platform to host all ICE Publishing content from mid-2015
- 29 Aug 2014

ICE Publishing, a leading provider of information in the fields of civil engineering, construction, and materials science, has announced a partnership with Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry. Under the deal, Atypon's Literatum platform will host all ICE Publishing content from mid-2015.

The announcement of this new collaboration will mean that ICE Publishing's e-content, which includes archives dating from 1836; 34 peer-reviewed journals; and over 1400 eBooks will now be hosted on Atypon's Literatum, the preferred platform of many leading scholarly publishers.

Set to launch mid-2015, the new ICE Virtual Library will continue to be accessed via www.icevirtuallibrary.com.

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Russell Sage Foundation selects Atypon for new publication
- 28 Aug 2014

Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, has announced that the Russell Sage Foundation has signed an agreement with Atypon for Literatum to power the recently announced open access RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. The Russell Sage Foundation chose the Literatum platform to manage and deliver their content and to provide valuable features to librarians and readers.

The new journal is intended to promote cross-disciplinary collaborations on timely topics of interest to social scientists and other academic researchers, policymakers, and the public at large. Each issue will be thematic in nature and will focus on a specific research question or area of interest. The introduction to each issue will provide an accessible, broad, and synthetic overview of the research question under consideration and the current thinking from various fields.

RSF will be a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original empirical research by both established and emerging scholars. The first issue is scheduled to be published in fall 2015.

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Liverpool University Press in deal with Atypon to host their online content
- 27 Aug 2014

Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, has announced that Liverpool University Press (LUP) has signed an agreement with Atypon for Literatum to power their online content delivery. Liverpool University Press chose the Literatum platform to manage, deliver and monetise their content and provide more valuable features to librarians and readers.

Atypon announced the acquisition of Metapress, Liverpool University Press's former hosting provider, in April 2014. Liverpool University Press is one of many Metapress clients taking advantage of the opportunity to transition to Literatum, the most technologically advanced platform in the industry. They join over 200 publishers who are publishing more than 6500 journals, 100,000 books, and 17 million articles on Literatum today.

Atypon delivers innovative solutions that revolutionise the way publishers do business. Literatum, Atypon's flagship SaaS ePublishing platform, provides all of the functionality that professional and scholarly publishers need to compete in the digital world, including advanced search and information discovery, access control, e-commerce, advertising and business intelligence. RightSuite, Atypon's enterprise access and e-commerce solution, enables publishers and media organisations to monetise their digital content, experiment with new business models and optimise revenue streams.

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Agreement between Choice and EBSCO highlights best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice
- 27 Aug 2014

An agreement between Choice magazine, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) and EBSCO Information Services will highlight the EBSCO eBooks that have been named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles. This agreement will allow librarians to easily identify and acquire the titles that have been designated as excellent in presentation and scholarship, bringing exceptional support to the research of their students and faculty and increasing the value of their overall library collection.

Founded in 1964, Choice has been the premier source for reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education for over 50 years. Each year, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice for the previous year. The selective list enjoys the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community and represents approximately 10 percent of the works reviewed in Choice each year.

EBSCO eBooks offers more than 600,000 e-books and audiobooks and EBSCO proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the dynamic needs of libraries. Accessing the EBSCOhost® platform for e-books and audiobooks saves librarians training time and adds a well-known search platform to the end user's experience. Allowing end users to search for e-books and audiobooks along with their EBSCOhost database content improves the discoverability of library collections.

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GeoScienceWorld launches new ebooks platform on HighWire
- 23 Jul 2014

GeoScienceWorld (GSW) has announced the release of the new GeoScienceWorld eBook Collections on the HighWire Open Platform: ebooks.geoscienceworld.org. The new site is dedicated to the study of the earth sciences, containing books from 10 leading society publishers.

The GSW eBook Collections is cross searchable and interlinked with 120,000 articles in GSW's Millennium and Archive Journals Collections and 3.3-million records from the American Geosciences Institute (AGI)'s GeoRef database. 713 book titles are available now with a total of 1,050 expected by the end of summer 2014.

HighWire's Folio eBook solution highlights the interconnectedness of relevant content, regardless of format, with search results from books, journals, and GeoRef records in one place. An advanced search feature allows users to construct a query by content type and/or conditional options (such as title, abstract, full text, date range or DOI). Results are displayed with facet delimiters, including content type, publisher, eBook series (if applicable), GeoRef subject, geologic time, and publication date. Figures are included in search results, and the ebook reader features a figure viewer. GeoRef links are embedded in many chapters. PDF downloads are available for chapters, front matter, back matter, and additional assets. Email distribution is included in content-sharing options. The Citation Manager feature supports the most popular citation services: BibText, Bookends, EasyBib, EndNote, Mendeley, Papers, Ref Manager, RefWorks, and Zotero. Additionally, browsing by subject and by publisher sections will help users quickly find the materials they need.

Next steps and technology enhancements will enhance the speed and performance of searches, support closer integration with the GSW Journals and GeoRef, and deliver free MARC records for all titles.

Title collections are available now for institutional subscription, and soon, chapters will be available for online purchasing and downloading by individual users. Non-customers may conduct searches and find detailed book information, abstracts, and tables of contents for each title. Full text content is available by institutional subscription and/or via Athens affiliation. Free trials are available to prospective institutional customers.

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ECSSR titles to be available for purchase via the EBSCO eBooks platform
- 16 Jul 2014

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) have partnered to make ECSSR titles more accessible for academic users as well as public library users looking for Arabic and English publications covering various political, economic, social and informational fields. The ECSSR titles are being made available via the EBSCO eBooks platform, allowing users to purchase complete e-book versions of titles from the publisher.

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research conducts studies that serve current and future state policies; they also assess public opinion trends, prepare research reports and provide advice on matters such as draft laws and regulations. The e-book agreement between EBSCO and ECSSR will extend the reach of these studies internationally.

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research is a think tank based in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates. As a premier institution of its kind in the Middle East, it has set new benchmarks of excellence and expertise in the field of strategic studies and research. Established in 1994, the ECSSR was designed to promote scientific research methodology and encourage academic traditions in society.

EBSCO eBooks are available for purchase on an individual basis as well as in Subject Sets, Featured Collections and Custom Collections. EBSCO eBooks represents a deep collection of e-book content that is accessible via a variety of devices. EBSCO proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the dynamic needs of users.

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M.E. Sharpe to discontinue Sharpe-Online Reference, partners with EBSCO to assure perpetual access
- 25 Jun 2014

M.E. Sharpe, the publisher of Sharpe Reference titles, has decided to discontinue Sharpe-Online Reference (SOLR) and has partnered with EBSCO Information Services to ensure that customers maintain perpetual access to the titles they have purchased. SOLR customers have been given unlimited simultaneous use access to their titles on EBSCO eBooks to help them during a transition period and once the SOLR platform is no longer accessible customers will continue to have access via EBSCO eBooks.

Sharpe Online Reference was created to bring together 31 award-winning Sharpe Reference encyclopedias in a single, cross-searchable database. The decision to move titles off the platform allows ME Sharpe to make those titles available through other vendors.

As with all EBSCO eBooks, SOLR customers will receive access with no annual hosting or access fees of any kind. A list of FAQs is available on the EBSCO support site at: http://bit.ly/SOLRonEBSCOeBooksFAQ.

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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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Ingram adds titles from Hachette Book Group, O'Reilly Media and Kensington Publishing to MyiLibrary Platform
- 22 May 2014

Ingram Content Group Inc. has announced that it continues to grow the range of titles available through its MyiLibrary® e-book platform for academic and public libraries worldwide with the addition of content from leaders in the publishing industry.

The new content includes bestselling frontlist and backlist titles from Hachette Book Group and its authors including David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Tina Fey, James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, Nicholas Sparks and Donna Tartt. New titles from Kensington Publishing include women's fiction, romance, African-American, multicultural young adult fiction, nonfiction, true crime, Western and mystery titles. Technology books for developers, administrators and users from O'Reilly Media have also been added.

Titles for academic libraries have also been added from the Royal Society of Chemistry, CN Times Books, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers and others.

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Atypon integrates CrossRef's CrossMark service in Literatum 14.1
- 07 May 2014

Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, has announced that it will offer CrossRef's CrossMark® update and version identification service to publishers hosting their websites on Atypon's Literatum platform.

Publishers on Literatum 14.1, the latest release of Atypon's flagship platform, can now participate in the CrossMark service, allowing them to communicate the current status of articles and alert readers to additional publication record information.

The CrossMark system gives publishers a consistent way to convey to readers the steps they have taken to ensure the trustworthiness of their content. The presence of a CrossMark logo on a HTML, PDF or ePub document indicates that the publisher commits to communicating any updates, corrections, enhancements, retractions, or other changes. The reader clicks on the CrossMark logo to view status information about the document. If an update exists, the status information will include a CrossRef DOI link to the updated document. Even in the common case where a document is current, clicking the logo can show the reader important publication record information such as the review process, funding sources, licensing terms, related content, or whether it has been screened for possible plagiarism.

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Twelve new ebook and journal publishers join Publishing Technology’s ingentaconnect service
- 29 Apr 2014

Content solutions provider Publishing Technology has announced that twelve new ebook and journal publishers have signed to its flagship ingentaconnect portal, known as the home of scholarly research.

Currently aggregating 11,764 publications and 5,700,905 articles from 255 publishers such as Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis, Bentham Science, Intellect and AHS International, ingentaconnect recently welcomed the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Amsterdam University Press, Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine, Compuscript, East View Press, IOE Press, The Mailout Trust, Optimal Clinical Ltd., Paris Scholar Publishing, Physics Essays, and Two Golden Rule Publishing.

Available in over 26,000 libraries in 170 countries and viewed 3.5 million times per month, the ingentaconnect service will soon launch a redesigned interface as the latest phase of its ongoing development. As part of the redesign, site visitors can expect an enhanced user experience supporting the existing search, browse and discoverability functions driven by over 50 distribution and linking partners.

Atypon unveils Figshare integration in Literatum 14.1
- 25 Apr 2014

Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, and Figshare have announced a partnership to make authors' supplemental data more discoverable on publishers' Literatum-powered websites. Publishers on Literatum 14.1, the newest generation of Atypon's flagship platform for professional and scholarly publishers, can now embed tables, datasets, videos, and other supplemental material from Figshare on article pages in Literatum.

First implemented for Taylor & Francis, this new service enables users to view supplemental information hosted by Figshare alongside the article in Literatum via the Figshare widget, which renders the supplemental material on the publisher's website. Users who visit this article on Taylor & Francis Online, for instance, can watch a related video hosted by Figshare and embedded on the page.

In addition to enhancing article pages on the publisher's site, Figshare also provides publishers with their own Figshare portal where users can browse and filter the supplemental material based on the type of data and the impact. The content is also easily discoverable from search engines. This gives academics other ways to find datasets, videos, and other research outputs in their research area that may have previously been hidden in the supplemental data.

Taylor & Francis's Figshare portal currently hosts over 1,400 supplemental files. Every file is easily citable with a DataCite DOI allocated at the point of publication and stored under a Creative Commons License.

Publishers with interest in hosting supplemental information on Figshare are encouraged to contact Aldo de Pape at aldo@figshare.com

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Atypon unveils Literatum 14.1
- 24 Apr 2014

Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, has unveiled Literatum 14.1, the next generation of Atypon's flagship platform for professional and scholarly publishers.

Literatum powers the websites of over 200 professional and scholarly publishers including many of the most prestigious publishers in the world.

The first of multiple releases scheduled for 2014, Literatum 14.1 adds dozens of new features such as: taxonomy management capabilities, which enable publishers to import and maintain their own taxonomies in Literatum and offer users the ability to search, browse and receive alerts by topic; support for the Patron Driven Acquisition business model, which allows institutions to purchase content based on demand in Literatum; integration of CrossRef's CrossMark® update identification service, which enables publishers to communicate the current status of an article and alert readers to additional publication record information; and Literatum for Mobile 3.1 provides users mobile access to Literatum-powered websites on Android and iOS tablets.

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Complete digital editions of Harvard Business Review Press now available for purchase via EBSCO eBook platform
- 16 Apr 2014

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Harvard Business Review Press have extended the availability of Harvard Business Review Press products to EBSCO Corporate, Government and Hospital users. For the first time, all digital editions of Harvard Business Review Press titles are being made available via the EBSCO eBooks™ platform, allowing users to purchase complete e-book versions of both new and backlist titles from the publisher.

This agreement builds upon an existing strong relationship between the two organisations, which also allows EBSCO users to access exclusive book summaries from Harvard Business Review Press.

Harvard Business Review Press, one of the world's leading publishers of business content, provides professionals with the ideas, insights, and best practices to help them lead their organisations more effectively. From 'disruptive innovation' and 'core competence' to 'primal leadership', 'blue ocean strategy', and 'playing to win', many of the ideas first published by Harvard Business Review Press have influenced managers and organisations worldwide—and changed the way they do business.

Harvard Business Review Press is a part of the Harvard Business Review Group, which also includes the flagship Harvard Business Review magazine, 12 international licensed editions, and digital content and tools published on HBR.org.

EBSCO eBooks are available for purchase on an individual basis as well as in Subject Sets, Featured Collections and Custom Collections. EBSCO eBooks represents a deep collection of e-book content that is accessible via a variety of devices. EBSCO proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the dynamic needs of users.

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Atypon Systems acquires Metapress from EBSCO Online, Inc.
- 15 Apr 2014

Atypon Systems, Inc. and EBSCO Online, Inc. have announced that Atypon has acquired the Metapress business from EBSCO Online, Inc., which has made the decision to discontinue the Metapress platform. Atypon and EBSCO will work together to transition Metapress clients to Atypon's Literatum platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Metapress will continue to service its current clients through the transition.

Atypon's leading platform Literatum meets the complex and evolving needs of over 200 professional and scholarly publishers worldwide. The platform is projected to be a strong fit for Metapress's clients.

Literatum, Atypon's flagship SaaS ePublishing platform, provides all of the functionality that professional and scholarly publishers need to compete in the digital world, including advanced search and information discovery, access control, e-commerce, advertising, and business intelligence.

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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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McGraw-Hill Professional in deal with Atypon to power McGraw-Hill Education eBook library
- 26 Mar 2014

McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, has signed an agreement with Atypon for Literatum to power the McGraw-Hill Education eBook Library. McGraw-Hill Professional chose the Literatum platform to manage, deliver and monetise their content and provide more valuable features to librarians and readers.

The McGraw-Hill Education eBook Library brings a wealth of trusted, high value information to users and hosts approximately 1,050 titles available in 50-plus pre-assembled collections covering business, engineering and computing, medical, student study aids, and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). McGraw-Hill provides libraries with regular updates to the eBook Library's content through subscriptions, ensuring users always get the latest, most cutting-edge content, as well as offering perpetual access for all titles.

Literatum, Atypon's flagship SaaS ePublishing platform, provides all of the functionality that professional and scholarly publishers need to compete in the digital world, including advanced search and information discovery, access control, e-commerce, advertising, and business intelligence.

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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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EBL - Ebook Library reinvents its LibCentral administrative and acquisitions module
- 07 Mar 2014

EBL - Ebook Library, a ProQuest business, has reinvented its LibCentral administrative and acquisitions module, enabling libraries to tailor their ebook experience to fit their own and their users' unique needs. The new LibCentral helps libraries streamline workflows, making discovery, selection, acquisition, and management of ebooks simple.

With sophisticated tools, it provides the library granular access and permission settings along with insight into overall collection and Demand-driven Acquisition usage. Created through collaboration with customers, LibCentral is a substantial step in the integration of ProQuest's ebook businesses EBL and ebrary, and will become the base of the combined ebook platform.

EBL's all-new LibCentral transforms ebook acquisition and management with expanded workflow tools that drive efficiency and reduce overlap. While EBL's sophisticated Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) profiles do the heavy lifting, LibCentral also offers one-click and shopping cart options for title-by-title purchases, support for selector workflows and integrated fund code and budget support. Further, a matching tool enables libraries to upload print or electronic ISBNs in bulk and then map them to the EBL catalogue – another means of helping libraries avoid duplication.

Patron analytics have been expanded in LibCentral and now include an optional short survey that can be customised by librarians, allowing them to gather specific data on their users, all of which is private to the library. The data can be fed into all usage and expenditure reports, providing a new window into collection use.

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McGraw-Hill Professional partners with Baker & Taylor to expand availability of eBook collection to public and school library customers
- 25 Feb 2014

McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, has announced that it is expanding availability of its eBook collection to public and school library customers through a new partnership with Baker & Taylor, the worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, using the Axis 360 digital media platform.

McGraw-Hill Professional's catalogue is one of the premier eBook collections in the world for business, consumer, education, technical, and medical titles available on the market today. McGraw-Hill Professional is offering more than 5,000 new and backlist eBooks including best-selling and acclaimed titles such as the New York Times business best-seller Crucial Conversations, the award-winning The No-Cry Sleep Solution, and Programming the Raspberry Pi, as well as the comprehensive collection of student test prep / study aids 5 Steps to a 5 AP test prep series, Practice Makes Perfect foreign language study series, and Schaum's Outline study guides.

Of particular interest to public libraries, the eBook collection includes more than 700 recently released titles for business, medical, and technical professionals, and students preparing for exams, available to lend on multiple devices via cloud-based delivery. These titles include McGraw-Hill Education's test prep series for college and career success such as The Official Guide to the GRE, and McGraw-Hill Education Guides to the ASVAB, GMAT, MCAT, ACT, SAT, and more.

Axis 360 delivers digital audiobooks and eBooks for library users in EPUB, PDF and Blio formats to PC and Mac computers, laptops and netbooks, to smartphones and tablets running on Android and iOS, and to popular ereaders such as NOOK®, Sony ReaderTM and KoboTM.

McGraw-Hill Professional eBooks will be available to all public and school library customers through Baker & Taylor's comprehensive Title Source 3 selection and acquisitions tool. eBooks will then be available for patrons to discover, download, and read through the Axis 360 digital media platform. Titles will also be incorporated into Baker & Taylor's FirstLook new title notifications plans, and throughout the full range of collection development programs that Baker & Taylor provides its customers for title selection and fulfillment in print and digital formats.

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World Bank unveils new eLibrary website powered by Atypon's Literatum
- 11 Feb 2014

Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, announced the recent launch of the World Bank's new and redesigned eLibrary website. Driven by Atypon's Literatum, the new eLibrary website delivers enhanced online services so researchers can more easily discover and engage with World Bank publications.

By upgrading the eLibrary website to Literatum, the World Bank aims to improve the user experience and innovate as a publisher. The new eLibrary enables researchers, faculty and students to run more precise searches using Literatum's search engine, which offers full text and metadata-based searches. Users can also search the latest World Bank publications at the chapter level, browse content by region, country, and topic, and view "Most Popular" content.

Other features and benefits of the new eLibrary website include individual user accounts which allow researchers to bookmark favourites, save search results and receive content alerts; the ability to export citation data to reference management software such as ProCite, BibText and EndNote; and content sharing via email and social media.

The World Bank eLibrary offers full-text access to the complete collection of World Bank books, working papers, and journal articles – including the World Bank Research Observer and the World Bank Economic Review – published since the 1990s. The eLibrary covers more than 20 areas of research related to poverty and development including economic and human development, climate change, agriculture, infrastructure, health, education, natural resources, policy, law, gender equality, and emerging markets.

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ASM Press titles now available to order via Swets’ online content management and procurement platform, SwetsWise
- 27 Jan 2014

Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Press has agreed to make its titles available to order via SwetsWise, Swets' online content management and procurement platform.

The American Society for Microbiology is the oldest and largest single life science membership organisation in the world and the largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. ASM Press titles are the most prominent publications in the field, delivering up-to-date and authoritative coverage of both basic and clinical microbiology.

SwetsWise's extensive eBook catalogue covers titles from close to 50 of the world's leading scholarly publishers and well known aggregators. With over 1 million titles to choose from, SwetsWise makes it easy for librarians and information professionals to quickly locate the eBooks they need. Customers can compare the pricing and purchase models of differing vendors quickly and easily and select the appropriate pricing policies to suit their budget.

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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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Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy launches new website on Atypon’s Literatum
- 20 Nov 2013

Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, has announced the launch of the new website for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy® (JOSPT®). Powered by Atypon's Literatum, the next generation JOSPT website features full-text articles, enhanced search and seamless content delivery to mobile devices.

All JOSPT content published from January 2010 onward – as well as the clinical practice guidelines JOSPT produces in cooperation with the American Physical Therapy Association's Orthopaedic Section and JOSPT's imaging features – are now provided in full text on www.jospt.org, in addition to PDF. This new full-text capability enables JOSPT to deliver content to desktop and laptop computers and mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Several features of the new site are intended to improve the user experience. A content widget on the site's home page provides easy access to JOSPT content - whether the articles are recent, ahead of print, imaging, clinical practice guidelines, or written for patients. An improved search engine lets users explore content by author, title, keywords, collections, and publication dates. Searches can be saved, and search histories can be displayed. The home page also contains lists of most read and most cited articles. Each article page provides a link to related articles in PubMed and Google Scholar that have cited the JOSPT article. Users can also run faceted searches by keyword and author to access related articles in JOSPT and CrossRef.

In addition, individual article pages include an Article Tools box. This box provides single-click access to the article and the article's figures in PDF and PDF Plus, which includes references and citing articles. The toolbox also lets users add the article to their Favourites file, download the article citation to a variety of reference managers, track citations of the article, and email the abstract to a colleague.

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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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Academic Libraries in England now able to access EBSCO eBooks
- 11 Oct 2013

EBSCO eBooks from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has been chosen as an e-book supplier for higher education libraries in England. Members who participate in this joint consortia agreement will be able to select e-books from EBSCO's extensive collection including nearly 500,000 e-books and audiobooks.

This agreement enables members of the Southern University Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) to easily obtain e-books from EBSCO in a streamlined format. EBSCO eBooks give users the best possible search experience by offering the ability to discover e-books and audiobook titles alongside databases and other digital content in one search experience.

With EBSCO eBooks, academic libraries will be able to integrate e-book content into course assignments and direct students to chapter or section content. A dedicated landing page on the EBSCO eBook platform includes Advanced Search Options, Browsing Options and Search History.

EBSCO eBooks are available for purchase on an individual basis as well as in Subject Sets, Featured Collections and Custom Collections with a growing number of purchase, lease and subscription options as well as patron driven options. EBSCO eBooks represents a deep collection of e-book content that is accessible via a variety of devices. EBSCO proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the dynamic needs of libraries.

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IOP Publishing unveils first ebooks collections
- 10 Oct 2013

IOP Publishing (IOP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, has announced the launch of its new ebooks publishing programme. The announcement was made at the ongoing Frankfurt Book Fair (9–13 October).

IOP announced its entrance into the ebook market and a new partnership with Morgan & Claypool Publishers (M&C) at the book fair in 2012. One year later, IOP is returning to reveal both the company's new ebooks platform and the very first published titles.

The IOP ebooks programme will initially comprise two complementary collections. These are IOP Expanding Physics and IOP Concise Physics (the latter produced in partnership with M&C).

IOP has now published the first two books in the IOP Expanding Physics collection and will publish the first Concise Physics titles imminently. A further 25 books are commissioned for publication across both collections in 2014. This list includes work from high-profile authors including Prof. Shlomo Havlin, Prof. David K Ferry, Prof. John Inglesfield, Prof. Beverly Berger and Prof. David Elliot.

The new book content has been fully integrated with IOPscience, the company's online journals platform for seamless searching and exceptional discoverability. The programme has been built without DRM and provides multiple options for reading on different devices (HTML, PDF and ePub3) and includes embedded multimedia, interactive charting and MathML.

IOP Expanding Physics publishes high-quality texts from leading voices in the research community on key areas in physics and related subject areas. The books in this collection will include both in-depth research monographs and graduate/advanced undergraduate textbooks.

IOP Concise Physics focuses on shorter texts that will be the "first book" on a topic - either the first book published on a fast-moving area or the first book - and will provide anyone looking for a current introduction to a subject an excellent starting point.

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HighWire launches Folio eBooks product at Frankfurt Book Fair
- 09 Oct 2013

HighWire Press, a not-for-profit division of Stanford University Libraries, has announced the launch of Folio, its new eBooks product, showcasing the library release of the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Built on the HighWire Open Platform, Folio is a flexible e-book solution designed for publishers to rapidly bring their books online. Key components of the product include a publisher home page, an informative book landing page and a user-friendly e-reader view.

Connecting readers to relevant content, Folio is designed to scale and grow as needed, ideal for publishers with a large backlist or those with several key titles. Features include responsive design for viewing on mobile devices, and SEO-friendly URLs which include the book title.

In the coming months, HighWire will continue to add features, content, and functionality to the Folio product. HighWire is actively developing features to leverage journal traffic to promote books through recommendations and provide integrated search results that return both book and journal content from one key term query, giving readers the convenience of searching one time and on one screen to find all relevant content offered by the publisher.

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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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IHS adds Industrial Press to growing list of premium Scientific and Technical publishing partners
- 04 Oct 2013

IHS, the global source of information and analytics, has announced a new partnership with Industrial Press, publisher of leading technical books for engineering, technology, manufacturing and education. This partnership, which follows previous announcements regarding strategic partnerships with John Wiley & Sons, Maney Publishing, and Springer Science+Business Media, among others, allows IHS to resell as part of the IHS Knowledge Collections an electronic version of Industrial Press' Machinery's Handbook and dozens of the publisher's engineering and manufacturing eBooks.

Frequently referred to as the bible of the metalworking industries, the Machinery's Handbook is the standard reference for mechanical engineers, designers, manufacturing engineers, draftsmen, toolmakers and machinists. Now in its 29th edition, the publication remains the industry's most comprehensive technical reference providing up-to-date contemporary specifications, standards, practices and methods.

Serving as an engineer's single point of access to relevant technical and engineering publications, IHS Knowledge Collections are pre-packaged compilations of cross-industry and multi-discipline content including patents, publications and journal articles, engineering eBooks and manuals, reference works and databases, best practices and design methods, and premium technical website content.

The inclusion of the Machinery Handbook and other metalworking eBooks in the IHS Knowledge Collections allows for engineers and other technical professionals to rapidly pinpoint the technical knowledge they need to help streamline design for manufacturing initiatives and empower mechanical engineers with the latest in metalworking best practices.

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IHS announces Knowledge Collections
- 04 Sep 2013

IHS, a global source of information and analytics, has announced the introduction of the IHS Knowledge Collections, an expansive set of pre-packaged compilations of engineering-rich documents that address engineers' long-standing requirement for access to the full breadth of technical knowledge they need. IHS Knowledge Collections deliver unified access to relevant knowledge across the engineering lifecycle and also simplify the purchase, procurement and management of content subscriptions.

IHS is the provider of critical information and insights for engineering, research and design professionals. Engineers across the globe rely on IHS Standards Expert as the trusted source for more than 1.6 million active and historical standards from more than 370 standards developing organisations (SDOs). Now, from the same IHS platform, engineers can also access more than 90 million scientific and technical documents spanning patents, publications and journal articles, engineering eBooks and manuals, best practices and design methods, and premium technical website content.

To enhance the world's largest aggregated collection of must-have engineering content, IHS has partnered with industry-leading scientific and technical eBook and journal publishers such as Industrial Press; John Wiley and Sons (limited exclusive to IHS); Maney; McGraw-Hill (exclusive to IHS); and Springer.

IHS Knowledge Collection also makes available content from IHS partners such as ArXiv.org, ASM, the American Society of Quality (ASQ), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), DSpace@MIT, IEEE, the International Food Information Service (IFIS), The Institute of Physics (IOP), the International Society of Automation (ISA), the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), NASA Tech Briefs, OnePetro, PubMed/MEDLINE, OSTI (Department of Energy), ProjectEuclid@Duke University Press, SAE International, the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), Springer, SpringerMaterials, Techniques de l'ingénieur, the University of Washington, and many others.

In addition, IHS Knowledge Collections also makes available full document access to more than 40 million patents worldwide, from the US, Great Britain and Canada. Also, over 12 million technical documents, covering thousands of technical websites otherwise inaccessible via traditional search technologies are included in the IHS Knowledge Collections. These 'deep web' sites provide rich engineering knowledge including design methodologies and best practices, manufacturer information, and other scientific and technical articles.

Accessed via the IHS Standards Expert with Goldfire platform, the IHS Knowledge Collections have been configured to ensure comprehensive and deep coverage of technical knowledge. More information on the Knowledge Collections offering available through IHS can be found at http://www.ihs.com/products/design/software-methods/knowledge-collections.aspx.

BioOne announces 2014 Collections
- 30 Aug 2013

BioOne, the global source for leading edge bioscience research, has announced that three new titles and their respective not-for-profit publishers have joined the 2014 BioOne Collections. These include Arachnology, published by the British Arachnological Society; Ardeola, published by the Spanish Society of Ornithology (SEO/Birdlife); and Herzogia, published by the Bryological and Lichenological Association for Central Europe.

In 2014 BioOne will be home to 179 total publications, 132 (74%) of which are ISI-ranked. More than a third of BioOne's titles have their current content available online exclusively through BioOne, and nearly a quarter are based outside of the US. In addition to its two subscribed collections, the BioOne OA Collection is home to thirteen open access publications, freely available to all users and fully integrated with BioOne's subscribed titles.

As of December 31, 2013, BioScience, published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, will cease adding new content to BioOne. In accordance with BioOne's commitment to perpetual access, all previously deposited BioScience issues (2000-2013) will remain accessible to BioOne subscribers. In addition, The American Ornithologists' Union have announced the cessation of their monograph series, Ornithological Monographs, at the end of the 2013 volume year.

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Publishing Technology and CNPIEC launch CNP eReading platform
- 29 Aug 2013

Content solutions provider Publishing Technology and CNPIEC, the China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation, have announced the launch of the CNP eReading platform at the Beijing International Book Fair.

At launch, the site carries over 200,000 individual book titles from more than 300 international publishers, extending their reach into the rapidly growing Chinese market and attracting new readers to digest their academic content for the very first time.

Following a deal signed at the London Book Fair in 2012, the digital hub has been developed by Publishing Technology, a world-leading provider of content solutions for publishers, on a custom-built online publishing platform. CNPIEC, a government sanctioned publication import and export group in China, will manage the new site which is available in both English and Mandarin.

The CNP eReading platform presents international publishers with an exclusive opportunity to showcase their foreign language journals and ebooks to previously untapped Chinese audiences. The site is set to increase its presence dramatically in the next year with the continued assistance of Publishing Technology, who will invite its 250 ingentaconnect customers to host over 12,000 journal publications on the platform.

In order to assist this outreach programme, Publishing Technology's extensive ingentaconnect client list of international publishers have been invited to the First International Journals Conference in China – to be held at the Wuhan International Expo Centre (September 14-16).

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Swets and JSTOR in deal to add JSTOR e-Book content into SwetsWise catalogue
- 25 Jul 2013

Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has signed a deal with JSTOR, the digital library of journals, books and primary sources, to make all of their eBook titles available to order directly through its SwetsWise platform. With over 20,000 current and backlist books available in the Books at JSTOR program, this adds a wealth of high-quality additional content into the already extensive SwetsWise catalogue.

Through its SwetsWise platform, Swets offers its customers access to the industry's largest one-stop shop of eBook publishers and aggregators. With over 1 million titles from close to 50 publishers and vendors contained in the catalogue, libraries can quickly compare the pricing and policy features of different vendors, select the purchasing option to suit their budget and receive expert consultation on how best to develop their collection.

JSTOR is a digital library of more than 2,000 academic journals, 20,000 books, and 2 million primary sources. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organisation that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico.

SwetsWise adds Edward Elgar eBook content to its catalogue
- 19 Jul 2013

Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that Edward Elgar Publishing has signed an agreement to make all of its 2300 eBooks on Elgaronline available to order directly via SwetsWise. Edward Elgar Publishing is an international publisher of academic books and journals in economics, finance, business and management, law, environment, public and social policy.

Swets' online information management and procurement platform provides customers with a single, one-stop shop from which to browse over 1 million eBooks, from close to 50 providers and aggregators, making it the largest collection of its kind in the industry.

SwetsWise's eBook service makes it easy for librarians and information professionals to quickly locate the eBooks they need. Through one interface they can compare the pricing and purchase models of differing vendors and select the policies to suit their budget. Popular acquisition models include: Pick & choose in perpetuity; Subject collections in perpetuity; Patron driven collections through aggregators in perpetuity; and Annual subscription collections.

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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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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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Ingram adds over 50,000 titles and new functionality to its MyiLibrary e-book platform
- 01 Jul 2013

Ingram Content Group Inc., a US-based provider of physical and digital services to the book industry, has announced that it has grown its MyiLibrary platform, adding more than 50,000 titles and new functionality to meet the changing needs of today’s libraries.

More than 50,000 titles have been added to the MyiLibrary e-book platform since the beginning of the year. The MyiLibrary platform also includes new content from Random House imprints, including Melville House, Rizzoli New York, Seven Stories Press, Smithsonian Books, Soho Crime, and Steerforth Press, among others.

New functionality enhancements include the addition of an e-book loan access model, which makes the best use of resources to reduce a library’s number of turnaways. In addition, the MyiLibrary platform recently integrated with Readmill, an e-book reading app that provides patrons with additional flexibility to read content when, where and how they choose.

Used by more than 3,000 academic, professional and public libraries around the world, Ingram's MyiLibrary platform provides a full range of resources and purchasing options from single-title acquisition to publisher and genre-specific subject collections. Ingram’s e-book solutions give libraries meaningful tools to make the best use of resources. Patrons who use the platform have the flexibility of obtaining content via download and online options as well as mobile options.

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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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Impelsys and DataLore Inc. partner to offer branded eBookstores to schools and colleges in the Caribbean
- 16 Apr 2013

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has entered into a partnership with DataLore Inc. in which the two companies will work together to offer branded eBookstores to schools and colleges located throughout the Caribbean region.

The partners are currently developing a new eBook platform specifically for educational institutions in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Shared Educational Resource Service will provide customised eBookstores for participating schools and colleges. From these branded eBookstores, students will be able to purchase their eTextbooks and other digital content, as well as access those eBooks at any time and from any device.

The customised eBookstores will be powered by Impelsys' iPublishCentral digital publishing software platform, which allows publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market and sell their eBooks without making significant capital or engineering resource investments on their own.

iPublishCentral 4.1 offers enhanced features for reading eBooks on mobile devices
- 14 Feb 2013

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has announced the release of iPublishCentral 4.1, the latest version of its award-winning digital publishing software for publishers.

iPublishCentral is a comprehensive platform that allows publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market and sell their eBooks without making significant capital or engineering resource investments on their own. This means that publishers are able to quickly monetise their digital assets by selling eBooks to institutions, retail partners and directly to consumers.

The new release of the software includes a number of enhancements to the iPublishCentral Reader that make it easier to read eBooks and other digital content on-demand, from any location, on iPads, iPad Minis and Android-powered mobile devices. These features enable publishers to better serve the needs of their retail and institutional customers for mobile access to eBooks.

Ingram adds new content access model to MyiLibrary e-content platform
- 24 Jan 2013

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has added a new content access model to its MyiLibrary e-content platform to provide libraries greater flexibility in e-book lending.

Access Model, MyiLibrary's latest model, enables libraries to purchase a set of access credits for an e-book and lend it simultaneously to multiple patrons for a set cost, and lending period. For libraries, the model can easily eliminate turnaways due to concurrent use, and provides libraries with a relevant tool to make the most out of high usage titles. The Access model is compatible with MyiLibrary's other popular acquisition models including Perpetuity, Patron Selection and Short-Term Loan.

Ingram's MyiLibrary platform provides a single source for content hosting, archiving, discovery, access and purchasing. More than 3,000 academic, professional, and public libraries around the world have integrated the platform into daily lending activities, and have access to more than 400,000 titles that cover all major disciplines. Using the platform, library patrons can read content online, or download to a PC, laptop or digital device.

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Ingram adds Random House content to MyiLibrary e-book platform
- 23 Jan 2013

Ingram Content Group, the provider of a range of physical and digital services to the book industry, has announced that it will now offer Random House, Inc. US titles to libraries via the MyiLibrary platform.

Random House will add more than 36,000 titles to Ingram's MyiLibrary e-book platform. Titles will be both frontlist and popular backlist titles from all Random House imprints and each of its publisher-distribution clients, including Beacon Press, National Geographic Books, North Atlantic Books, Quirk Books, Smithsonian Books, Soho Press and Wizards of the Coast.

The MyiLibrary platform is said to be one of the fastest-growing e-book access solutions in the library community today. Used by thousands of libraries around the world, it seeks to provide a full range of resources and purchasing options, from single-title acquisition to publisher and genre-specific subject collections. Ingram's coordinated e-book solutions are stated to give libraries meaningful tools to make the best use of budget dollars. Patrons that use the platform have the flexibility of obtaining content via download as well as mobile options where content can be read on the most popular e-reading devices on the market today.

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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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McGraw-Hill Professional offers perpetual access to McGraw-Hill eBook Library
- 11 Jan 2013

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced that it is offering an enhanced purchasing programme for its McGraw-Hill eBook Library, a digital platform delivering access to its premium content (MHeBookLibrary.com). The new purchasing alternative – perpetual access – is designed to give libraries more flexibility in acquiring the company's digital content to meet the growing demands from their patrons for e-books.

The McGraw-Hill eBook Library includes nearly 2,000 titles in collections that are continuously updated with new e-books. Users can access hundreds of thousands of pages of content from authors who are said to be leading authorities in the areas of engineering, computing, medical, business and student study aids.

Academic libraries will be interested in reference works such as Harrison's Manual of Medicine, Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing and the complete catalogue of course study aides, Schaum's Outlines. Public libraries may expect to find a wealth of titles on careers and business skills, student and career exam study guides and the series of ‘How to Do Everything' books on consumer technology.

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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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OECD iLibrary offers Read service for access to content via mobile devices
- 20 Nov 2012

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) has launched the Read service on its global knowledge platform, OECD iLibrary. With this service, anyone, anywhere can access OECD full-text content, right down to the level of individual chapters and tables. Read content is optimised for browser-enabled mobile devices and can be read online wherever there is an Internet connection. They are also shareable and embeddable.

With tablets likely to displace laptops and desktops as the main reading device for many patrons in the coming years, adding a tablet-friendly version to OECD iLibrary means the needs of librarians are met too. Patrons can expect to discover, share and use subscribed OECD resources more easily, encouraging usage. Sharing OECD knowledge with class and colleagues is simpler than ever, thanks to the social media tools included. Use of Read content is fully aggregated in the COUNTER statistics provided to registered institutions.

The Read service is seen to demonstrate OECD's continuing commitment to making its content accessible for all, whether at a subscribing institution or not. Using Read, anyone can fact-check and access OECD full-text material. OECD iLibrary is stated to be delivering more and more OECD knowledge, with downloads 40 percent higher than last year. Now, with the introduction of Read on OECD iLibrary, OECD knowledge is not only accessible for everyone, but shareable too.

New Bowker ‘Book as an Android App’ powered by Impelsys’ iPublishCentral platform
- 24 Oct 2012

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has announced that the innovative new Bowker 'Book as an Android App,' is powered by Impelsys' award-winning iPublishCentral software platform.

'Book as an Android App' allows authors and small publishers to use Bowker's popular www.myidentifiers.com to create Android-compatible eBook apps from any PDF or ePub document, opening new sales channels such as Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

Bowker Identifier Services provide authors and small publishers with the resources that enable customers to find and purchase their books. After an author has written a book, myidentifiers.com provides the path to publish – through the assignment of ISBNs and barcodes – and sell the title through enhanced discovery.

iPublishCentral is a comprehensive platform that allows publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market and sell their eBooks without making significant capital or engineering resource investments on their own.

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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Five new publishers join 2013 BioOne Collections
- 28 Aug 2012

BioOne, US, a web-based aggregator of research in biological, ecological and environmental sciences, has announced that five new titles and their not-for-profit publishers have joined the 2013 BioOne Collections. The journals and their respective publishers are: Marine Resource Economics, published by the Marine Resource Foundation; Cryptogamie, Algologie, Cryptogamie, Bryologie, and Cryptogamie, Mycologie, three journals from France's Association des Amis des Cryptogames; and Applications in Plant Sciences, a new, open access, online only publication from the Botanical Society of America.

In 2013 BioOne will be home to 176 total publications, 127 (72%) of which are ISI-ranked. Furthermore, 60 (34%) of BioOne's titles have their current content available online exclusively through BioOne, and 38 (22%) are titles based outside of the US. In addition to its two subscribed collections, BioOne is now home to thirteen open access publications, freely available to all users.

The titles will make their BioOne debut on January 2, 2013. Title lists in a variety of formats are available to download on the BioOne website.

BioOne also announced that as of December 31, 2012, Journal of Crustacean Biology, published by The Crustacean Society, will cease adding new content to BioOne. Subscribers may contact Brill, JCB’s new primary publisher, with any questions. In accordance with both BioOne standard policy and Project Transfer guidelines, all issues previously hosted on BioOne from inactive titles will remain accessible to subscribers in perpetuity.

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University of Chicago Press and OUP partner to launch Chicago Scholarship Online via OUP’s UPSO platform
- 09 Aug 2012

The University of Chicago Press has reportedly announced an agreement with Oxford University Press to launch Chicago Scholarship Online via OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform. Chicago becomes the second major American university press to sign on to OUP’s e-book platform, following the University of California Press, which signed on last fall to launch California Scholarship Online, and the 10th press overall to partner with OUP on UPSO.

UPSO offers university presses their own individually-branded monograph repositories, powered by the Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) platform. UPSO is part of a growing field of university press-driven competitors in the digital monograph field, including efforts by Cambridge University Press, the University Press E-Book Consortium (which merged with Project Muse Editions last year), and, an e-book effort by JSTOR, an extension of the popular non-profit e-journal platform.

UPSO content is available in XML, as well as available to download as PDF, and is fully cross-referenced and cross-searchable, with 'clickable citations' from bibliographies and footnotes, including OpenURL and DOI-linking support. It also offers mobile functionality. The OSO platform, established in 2003, is well-known, and well-reviewed among academics.

Thieme Publishing Group revamps E-Journals platform, improves usability and technological functions
- 05 Jul 2012

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has redesigned its E-Journals platform, improving usability and technological functions. Medical and health professionals can now access E-Journals wherever they are – in the library, at the office or on the go. With its user-friendly search, E-Journal offers convenient, efficient access to the online content of 150 journals.

The completely re-launched user interface makes the online journal database Thieme E-Journals more user-friendly and easier to navigate. Abstracts, full-text versions, additional material, images and videos are now only a click away. Clear, intuitive icons represent functions like bookmarks or bibliographic information downloads, helping scientists and doctors in hospitals and independent offices integrate the knowledge platform in their daily routines.

At the core of the improved usability are enhanced search options. The new online platform integrates a so-called ‘facet search’. The new ‘image view’ option lets users view only illustrations of their selected articles. This is especially useful in image-focused areas like radiology.

Doctors, scientists, physiotherapists, and other medical professionals can now also access journal articles and other content via their smartphones or mobile online devices. This allows users to research information from anywhere, anytime. They can view illustrations and videos on the go, access articles, etc.

Thieme E-Jounals currently offers digital content from 150 scientific and medical journals. Articles available online cover medicine, chemistry, veterinary medicine and other areas pertaining to health professions including physiotherapy and patient care. In addition, the knowledge platform offers videos, podcasts, and audio files on various medical issues. Content overviews and article abstracts can be accessed free of charge. Full-text versions of individual articles are available for a fee. Individual subscribers can access digital versions of the journals without additional cost. Libraries, research centres, hospitals, or corporations can purchase customised title licenses.



Semantico launches new publishing platform, Scolaris
- 29 Jun 2012

UK-based online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd has announced the launch of Scolaris, the new digital publishing platform for scholarly and academic publishing. The product launch took place at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, and was attended by a select group of industry professionals.

Scolaris is the next generation integrated content platform, engineered to manage the complexities of journals, reference works and dictionaries. It builds on the success of its predecessor SIPP and features specific new functionality for the journals sector.

According to Richard Padley, Managing Director of Semantico, Scolaris is a blazingly fast system that has been designed around the company’s industry successful SIPP platform. It features new functionality and enhanced features.

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SAGE releases SAGE Knowledge platform for eBook delivery
- 22 Jun 2012

Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of SAGE Knowledge: the ultimate social sciences online library. Launch demonstrations and trials will be available at the forthcoming ALA conference in Anaheim.

Launching with more than 2,500 titles, SAGE Knowledge includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including encyclopaedias, handbooks, advanced textbooks, scholarly monographs and professional development titles. The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source. SAGE Knowledge also includes selected works from Corwin and CQ Press.

Available in Beta since March, more than 1000 institutions have already trialed SAGE Knowledge, including current SAGE Reference customers who will be migrated onto the new platform.

For readers, SAGE Knowledge offers titles in full text HTML as well as pdf download. In addition to quick and advanced search options, titles can be browsed through book portal pages and table of contents. Content is discoverable by major search engines at the title and chapter level to ensure students find SAGE content no matter where they start their search. Personalisation features are provided to create reading lists and save searches. Functionality to enable easy social sharing of materials and citation options are also provided.

Libraries are being offered a range of flexible purchasing options, including mix and match of reference titles as well as collection and subject bundles. MARC Records and COUNTER reports will be available. All DOIs are registered for each title and chapter deposited in CrossRef.

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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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Seven more university presses select Ingram’s MyiLibrary e-book platform
- 19 Jun 2012

Ingram Content Group, a provider of a range of physical and digital services to the book industry, has announced that more University Presses are working with Ingram and its comprehensive MyiLibrary e-book platform to expand the reach of content to more readers worldwide.

The most recent university presses that have selected MyiLibrary to expand content reach include the University of South Carolina Press, University of Arizona Press, University of Minnesota Press, Southern Illinois University Press, University of New Mexico Press, University of Arkansas Press and the University of Ottawa Press.

With more than 250,000 titles covering all major disciplines, Ingram’s MyiLibrary platform claims to be the fastest growing online e-book aggregation platform for libraries. The platform offers libraries the flexibility to acquire and access content on individual title, publisher-specific, or subject collection level based on unique requirements and resources. Almost one thousand titles have been added from the most recent presses using the platform.

The latest University presses that have added content to the MyiLibrary platform join Duke University Press, Princeton University Press, University of Michigan Press, Vanderbilt University Press, University of California Press, and others that are already using the platform.

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ebrary’s new Extended Access service offers benefits of multi-user access for purchased titles with less upfront costs
- 19 Jun 2012

ebrary, a ProQuest business, has announced Extended Access for titles purchased under a single-user license. Extended Access reduces up-front costs to the library, eliminates speculative purchases of multiple copies, and prevents turn-aways when titles are in use.

There are several ways that libraries can purchase e-books from ebrary. They can buy individual titles and packs outright, automate purchases through their e-approval plans, and buy titles that are triggered based on usage through patron driven acquisition.

With Extended Access, libraries can now more cost-effectively purchase titles under a single-user license and ensure access. If a title is in use, and another researcher needs it, the library can upgrade to a multi-user access model when available, purchase another copy, or take a short-term loan. The process can be automated and seamless to end-users, or libraries can receive email notifications and trigger the additional purchases themselves.

Extended Access also provides an advantageous way for libraries to complement their Academic Complete subscription with perpetual archive titles. Academic Complete, ebrary’s flagship subscription product named as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, offers simultaneous, multi-user access and now includes over 75,000 scholarly e-books. The thousands of libraries throughout the world who use Academic Complete as their base collection can now more affordably purchase additional titles with access on-demand.

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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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Impelsys unveils iPublishCentral 4.0 at BEA 2012
- 05 Jun 2012

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has unveiled the latest version of its digital publishing software platform at BookExpo America (BEA) 2012 in New York City.

iPublishCentral is a comprehensive platform that allows publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market and sell their eBooks without making significant capital or engineering resource investments on their own. The beta version of iPublishCentral 4.0 includes important enhancements for both publishers, who are seeking to monetise their digital assets by selling eBooks to institutions, and for end users, who are downloading those eBooks onto their preferred devices.

iPublishCentral 4.0 will help publishers increase their institutional sales in a few key ways. The new version enables institutional patrons to access eBooks from their iPads, laptops and desktop computers and read their titles offline, regardless of the authentication mode that is set-up for the institution. It includes content protection that enables publishers to control the expiration terms for eBook downloads and define them however they choose, giving them increased flexibility. Additionally, iPublishCentral 4.0 has a new feature that allows institutions to produce a custom report on how many times a title was opened and downloaded, providing greater visibility into trends.

The new version of iPublishCentral also includes some important usability enhancements for end users who download eBooks from any of Impelsys' publishing partners worldwide. These improvements are centered around creating a better reading experience while reading PDF versions of eBook titles, both online and offline.

The new iPublishCentral Reader is available now on iTunes and can be used as a generic reader for both ePub and PDF files: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ioffline/id510322929?mt=8.

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Massachusetts Medical Society and Atypon renew contract
- 31 May 2012

Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, has announced that the Massachusetts Medical Society has renewed their contract with Atypon to continue providing the platform for the New England Journal of Medicine.

The New England Journal of Medicine claims to be the most widely read, cited, and influential general medical journal in the world, completing its second century of service to the medical community in 2012. More than 600,000 people in 177 countries read NEJM each week, the majority of them on NEJM.org.

NEJM redefined the medical journal with the launch of its Literatum-powered website in 2010. The website gives users a deeper, broader, and more engaging experience through enhanced search and navigation, specialty and topic pages, interactive elements, and a number of integrated multimedia features.

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Publishing Technology announces new agreements with 10 new scholarly publishers
- 30 May 2012

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc, UK, has announced agreements with 10 new scholarly publishers, further strengthening its client portfolio and online collections.

In a series of recent signings, content from six academic publishers is now open to the ingentaconnect network of over 25,000 libraries, including James Nicholas Publishers, Paris Legal Publishers, the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, Science International Corporation, the Association for Perioperative Practice and Rosenberg & Sellier Editori.

Alliances have also been formed with several Chinese content providers to extend their reach outside of China, including three of the country’s largest publishers. China Publishing Group, Guangdong Publishing Group, Hebei Publishing & Media Group and Qingdao Publishing Group will soon command access to an international audience of academics and researchers.

With significant upgrades and development of the platform’s core technology currently underway and user testing of e-journal discovery, access and readership in progress, the ingentaconnect portal remains the largest and most comprehensive gateway to international content for the academic community.

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Woodhead Publishing and Asia Information Services announce exclusive 3 year e-deal
- 16 Apr 2012

Scientific and technical publisher Woodhead Publishing Limited, UK, and Asia Information Services (AIS), a Hong Kong-based distributor of books and e-content, have announced an exclusive 3 year e-deal. Under the deal, AIS will distribute WP's online platform, Woodhead Publishing Online (WPO), in the Chinese mainland market.

Woodhead's books on Materials Science, Engineering, Textile Technology, Energy, Environmental Technology and Food Science and Technology have always held a strong market position in China, where they are renowned for their high quality and for covering the latest topics in these fields. A recently acquired list of books on biomedicine will also be available.

Woodhead Publishing Online was launched in October 2010 at the Frankfurt Book Fair and is hosted on the MetaPress site. It has since become recognised by universities, research institutions and corporations worldwide as a significant resource of high quality content on new science and technology in the fields in which WP specialises.

Established in 1989, Woodhead Publishing is an independent international publishing company publishing in the areas of Food Science, Technology & Nutrition, Materials Engineering, Welding and Metallurgy, Textile Technology, Energy and Environmental Technology and Finance, Commodities and Investment and Mathematics.

The company's online platform, WPO comprises over 730 books containing over 13,000 chapters on materials science and engineering, food science and technology, and textile technology. Each year the company adds over 80 new books containing over 1,600 chapters to update the subject collections. Each book and each chapter provides an authoritative summary of key research, allowing readers to keep up-to-date with major trends.

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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Credo Reference joins SwetsWise eBook catalogue
- 25 Jan 2012

Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that US-based reference databases provider Credo Reference has recently joined the SwetsWise eBook catalogue with over 1,500 reference works from more than 80 of the world's best reference publishers.

Collections and titles are thoughtfully selected to offer broad coverage of subjects such as psychology, history, business, education, environmental studies and much more. The Credo Reference platform claims to be easy to use, highly customisable and appeals to users and researchers in both the academic and corporate library markets.

Credo Reference has been offering completely customisable reference collections for libraries since 2002. Credo's General Reference service empowers librarians and effortlessly delivers authoritative answers to millions of researchers worldwide. The Publisher and Subject Collections offer libraries deep reference content from highly-regarded publishers. literati by Credo, launching in 2012, will offer tools and services to improve Information Literacy.

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Chandos launches e-book platform, Chandos Publishing Online
- 13 Jan 2012

Library and information science publishing company Chandos Publishing, UK, has announced the launch of its e-book platform, Chandos Publishing Online. MetaPress, a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., is the host provider for the site. Chandos is an imprint of Woodhead Publishing Ltd.

Chandos Publishing Online is a new electronic resource of library and information science, knowledge management and business information trends comprising over 200 e-books. Designed and created after thorough research amongst librarians and end users, the site is stated to be the first and only platform to offer the complete Chandos Publishing catalogue in one place.

The site is said to offer advanced features and functionality, such as fast and powerful search tools, extensive librarian support tools and personalisation features including fully customisable RSS feeds. A range of innovative purchasing options are also available including a Pick 'N' Mix option. Initially launched with Information Management and Library Management collections, these will be followed later in 2012 with Asian Studies.

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WAGUL consortium selects Ingram Content Group to supply print and digital content for its member libraries
- 06 Jan 2012

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced that it has been selected by the Western Australian Group of University Librarians Consortium as the sole library content supplier. WAGUL comprises the libraries of Western Australia's four publicly-funded universities: Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia.

Ingram provides the WAGUL consortium with a single workflow for overseas and local acquisitions through its comprehensive OASIS platform. Libraries in the WAGUL consortium have access to more than 13 million print and e-book titles on OASIS, as well as use of Ingram's MyiLibrary e-book platform. Libraries that work with Ingram also benefit from the recent launch of its Lightning Source print-on-demand operation in Australia and its relationship with local library suppliers, including ALS Library Services.

The Western Australian Group of University Librarians met formally for the first time in October 1992 as a cooperative initiative of the four publicly funded universities in Western Australia. The University of Notre Dame Australia joined the group in 1999. The group currently meets four times each year, and is chaired by university librarians in an annual rotation, with executive support provided by the host library for that year. WAGUL serves to increase and enhance access to scholarly information between member institutions for their staff and students, facilitate the regular exchange of information, acting as a consortium, were appropriate, for the purchase of resources and services.

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New Project MUSE web interface now live at muse.jhu.edu
- 04 Jan 2012

Project MUSE has announced that its new interface, featuring book and journal content integrated on a single platform, is up and running at muse.jhu.edu. Project MUSE is a collaboration between libraries and publishers, providing full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to a comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities and social sciences journals.

Over 12,000 scholarly book titles from nearly 70 university presses and related publishers can now be located and browsed along with the content from MUSE's more than 500 journals. Further, new 2012 book titles will soon begin appearing on MUSE, simultaneously with their release in print.

Highlights of the new interface include faceted searching, with options to filter search results by content type (book or journal), subject area, author, and language of publication; enhanced browsing by subject area, title, or publisher, across books and journals or filtered by content type; search box on each page of the site, with predictive search terms; and new access icons to help users clearly identify content to which they have paid access, free sample content, and open access content.

Until January 31, search results will default to displaying all relevant results from both books and journals, to encourage discovery of the depth and breadth of new content now available on MUSE. Users at institutions which have purchased or subscribed to book collections on MUSE will have full-text access to content from those collections. Users may choose to pre-filter searches to just journals or just books, using the drop-down menu that accompanies the search box on every page. They may also use the new search facets to filter their search results by content type, and to only content for which they have full-text access.

Beginning February 1, search results will default to only content to which the searcher has full-text access. Users will then have the option to toggle the search to show all available books and journals relevant to a search, if desired.

MUSE continues to roll out many additional features and tools on the new site, with frequent updates planned over the next several days and weeks. Users are encouraged to provide feedback on any issues encountered when using the new interface.

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Society for Exploration Geophysicists selects Atypon's Literatum platform
- 21 Dec 2011

Atypon, a provider of software to the professional and scholarly publishing industry, has announced that the Society for Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) has selected the Literatum publishing platform to power the future of the SEG Digital Library.

SEG is an applied geophysics organisation, having over 32,000 members in more than 135 countries. The SEG Digital Library, which comprises the SEG Research Collection, SEG eBooks, and the EEGS Research Collection, is key to the Society's mission of research and education.

Atypon’s flagship publishing platform, Literatum is used to host more than 11 million journal articles, more than 25,000 eBooks, and many other types of professional and scholarly content. It enables publishers to maximise the discoverability of their journals, books, reference works, databases, and other types of content, and to implement new business models.

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American Society of Civil Engineers selects Atypon' Literatum publishing platform for new digital library
- 14 Dec 2011

Atypon, a provider of software to the professional and scholarly publishing industry, has announced that the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has selected its Literatum publishing platform to power the next generation of the ASCE Library.

Founded in 1852, ASCE represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and claims to be America's oldest national engineering society. The ASCE Library provides a comprehensive online tool for locating information of interest across all disciplines of civil engineering.

The new Library will make use of Atypon's latest innovations in publishing technology to become a single destination for all ASCE technical content, augmented by powerful discovery tools including a taxonomy and data visualisations, placing ASCE firmly at the center of civil engineering knowledge.

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Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics selects Atypon's Literatum publishing platform
- 07 Dec 2011

Atypon, a provider of software to the professional and scholarly publishing industry, has announced that the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has selected the Literatum publishing platform to power its new publications website.

SIAM exists to ensure the strongest interactions between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities through membership activities, publication of journals and books, and conferences. SIAM publishes 15 peer-reviewed journals and about 25 books each year, and has a backlist of 400 titles.

The new digital library will use Literatum for Mobile to be accessible using modern smartphone and tablet devices. In addition, more than one billion users will be able to register and log in with one click using their Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn accounts, making personalisation easier than ever before.

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OverDrive's new Test Drive programme supports lending of eBook reading devices to library patrons
- 25 Nov 2011

OverDrive, a digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content, has announced Test Drive, a programme for libraries to support demonstration and lending of eBook reading devices and tablets to their patrons. The programme includes device recommendations and guidelines for setup, maintenance and support, as well as best practices for institutions that want to stock and lend eBook readers and tablets to patrons.

The Sony Reader Wi-Fi (Model PRS-T1) has been selected as the first ‘Test Drive Approved' device. Test Drive Approved device requirements include compatibility with the library's eBook catalogue, direct Wi-Fi checkout and eBook download via an onboard browser or app, and copyright protection (DRM) and lending practices that conform to rules as required by publisher permissions. Test Drive devices are selected based on durability, ease-of-use for library staff and patrons to setup and maintain, as well as battery life, performance, and other usability factors.

Over the coming weeks and months, the company will be announcing additional ‘Test Drive Approved' eBook readers and tablets, including colour units for use with illustrated eBook genres. OverDrive is also testing and preparing to release information for Test Drive Approved accessible devices for print-impaired readers. Accessible eBook reading devices in the Test Drive program for US public libraries will support the Library eBook Accessibility Program (LEAP), OverDrive's free service to libraries that offer accessible eBooks in partnership with Bookshare.org.

The OverDrive Test Drive programme was developed in response to recommendations by The Council of State Librarians (COSLA) from its 2010 report that outlined the need for low-cost, library-friendly eBook devices that library staff could use to train and lend to patrons. Accessibility and upholding publisher rights and library policies were among the requirements listed in that report. OverDrive's Test Drive programme gives the libraries the tools needed to effectively and efficiently develop programmes to select and provide their staff and patrons with such devices.

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CourseSmart unveils mobile web app for e-textbooks
- 22 Nov 2011

Digital course materials supplier CourseSmart LLC, US, has announced the launch of a new mobile web app. The app provides students and faculty with access to a catalogue of more than 20,000 e-textbooks and other digital course materials on a variety of mobile devices including the Kindle Fire and the iPad. It is said to bring thousands of digital course materials to popular mobile reading devices, furthering the company's professed mission of anytime, anywhere access to course materials in higher education.

The app is optimised to best support multi–touch screens of today's most popular mobile devices, and is designed to offer users the convenience to view all e-textbooks from a single location. It also offers the ability to search for a topic within the e-textbook including access to the table of contents; capability to zoom in on text and graphs as well as to add and view notes; and same page fidelity experience as found in a print textbook version equivalent.

There is no downloading process to access the free web app. On supported browsers, CourseSmart users with an active e-textbook account will automatically be prompted to sign into the web app when they begin reading their e-textbooks. Any future enhancements for the app are automatically updated.

The app is supported by Amazon Silk, Safari and Google Chrome browsers on the following devices: Kindle Fire, iPad and Android 3.0 and higher OS tablets. Users can find out more about the app at www.coursesmart.com/go/mobile.

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CourseSmart and Desire2Learn partnership to enhance access to digital educational resources
- 11 Nov 2011

Digital course materials supplier CourseSmart LLC, US, has partnered with Desire2Learn Incorporated, (Desire2Learn), a provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, to provide an end-to-end integration that facilitates an efficient, one-stop process for students and faculty to access digital course materials. Students and faculty will have single sign–on access to CourseSmart's catalogue of over 20,000 eTextbooks and other digital course materials using the new CourseSmart integration within the Desire2Learn learning management system.

The CourseSmart integration within the Desire2Learn platform will enhance students' studies by utilising CourseSmart's eTextbook features including search, copy and paste, highlight, annotate, share and print. The single sign-on functionality enables students and instructors to access CourseSmart's digital catalogue via the Desire2Learn platform without having to remember a separate set of credentials for CourseSmart access.

The integration also provides instructors with free access to evaluate core higher education eTextbooks and eResources in use today from publishers who supply 90 percent of the market, and to select and use these course materials effortlessly in their Desire2Learn courses.

Without leaving the Desire2Learn course, instructors can easily create links to a required reading assignment, homework problems or other activities that reside in their digital course materials, and seamlessly share that information with their students.

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Impelsys announces latest version of iPublishCentral
- 13 Oct 2011

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has announced the release of iPublishCentral 3.2, a new version of its digital publishing software platform. The latest version features expanded support for delivering ebooks to mobile devices.

iPublishCentral is a comprehensive platform that allows any organisation to publish, deliver, distribute and market their eBooks without making significant development investments on their own. Earlier this year, the iPublishCentral platform was recognised as one of the Top 8 SaaS-based Apps in NASSCOM's 2011 Product Showcase.

Major enhancements to the iPublishCentral platform that were built into the newly released version include role based access control; enhancements to the subscription process for institutions; wider distribution; and enhanced reporting.

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EBSCO Publishing expands eBook Collection with the release of new subject sets
- 23 Sep 2011

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the release of 64 new eBook subject sets bringing the total number of subject sets to nearly 200. These additional subject sets reflect the rapid growth of EBSCO's eBook collection offered to libraries in convenient collections grouped by subject matter.

Subject sets allow for quick and easy purchases in particular high-interest subject areas. Customer feedback played a large role in the development of some of the latest subject sets. Requests for particular subject areas prompted EBSCO to create many of the subject sets available in this September release. All of the subject sets were developed by a team of librarian collection development specialists.

Nine key collection areas were increased including: Science and Technology, Medical, Information Technology, Arts and Humanities, Business, Personal Growth and General Education, Social and Cultural Issues, Social Sciences and Vocational Education. The new subject sets provide an extensive array of subject matter including: American History, leadership and management, LGBT, social networking, nursing and teacher resources. A full list of the latest subject sets are available at http://www.ebscohost.com/ebooks/subject-sets.

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Atypon and Taylor & Francis announce broad development agreement
- 21 Sep 2011

Atypon, a provider of software to the publishing and media industry, has announced that its Literatum software is powering the new Taylor & Francis Online platform. Taylor & Francis Online hosts 1.7 million articles.

The Taylor & Francis Group, which is a division of Informa plc (LSE: INF) and includes such imprints as CRC Press, Psychology Press, and Routledge, publishes more than 1,600 journals and 3,000 new books each year and maintains an eBook backlist of 30,000 titles and a print backlist of 50,000 titles.

Additionally, Taylor & Francis has entered into a long-term product development agreement with Atypon. The agreement is a reflection of Taylor & Francis's commitment to provide innovative products to its customers.

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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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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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American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education selects Atypon's Literatum platform to power newly-launched website
- 17 Aug 2011

Atypon, a provider of software to the publishing and media industry, has announced that the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education is using Atypon's Literatum platform to power its newly-launched website (www.AJPE.org).

The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE) is the official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Its purpose is to document and advance pharmaceutical education in the US and internationally. The Journal considers material in all areas related to pharmaceutical education.

The new website offers a significant improvement in the user experience. Readers are greeted by a clean, spacious home page that highlights the latest content. Literatum provides AJPE staff with easy-to-use tools to change featured articles and post informational notices throughout the website.

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CourseSmart announces beta launch of latest reader platform
- 22 Jul 2011

Digital course materials supplier CourseSmart LLC, US, has announced the beta launch of its latest reader platform providing users with online, offline, anytime, anywhere access to their eTextbooks. The first in the industry to utilise HTML5 technology for eTextbooks and coupled with the latest version of Mozilla Firefox 5.0, this cloud-based offering now provides the same productivity features whether users are online or offline.

Students who have active online eTextbook digital rental access will immediately enjoy the benefits of the new offline capabilities. Additionally, instructor textbook evaluation services will also be available on the new reader platform, allowing instructors free access to evaluate more than 90 percent of all core higher education eTextbooks whether online or offline. The new reader experience also extends to CourseSmart's productivity tools allowing users to highlight, search, copy, paste, take notes, share and print while offline.

The platform synchronises user notes across all modals, whether it is from their desktop computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android-based device, or any Web-enabled device.

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AIAA partners with Atypon to develop new eLibrary portal
- 20 Jul 2011

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has partnered with Atypon, a provider of software to the publishing and media industry, for the development and implementation of AIAA's new eLibrary website. The partnership will create an eLibrary that will offer users greatly improved access to all of AIAA's publications and conference proceedings, significantly reducing the length of time necessary to conduct research.

The eLibrary will be designed to appeal to aerospace science and engineering authors, editors, librarians, researchers and students, as well as to members of the general public with an interest in aerospace research and science.

Besides archiving all of AIAA's research assets under one roof, the updated eLibrary will offer the ability to save and schedule searches, highlight journal articles, download citations; sign up for alerts on subjects of interest to their research and post links to their research articles on a variety of social networking websites. The website will also be able to suggest other articles that might be of interest to them, greatly enhancing the flow of information and ideas in the collaborative research process.

The service is expected to be available in the first half of 2012.

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Impelsys announces enhancements to iPublishCentral platform
- 20 Jul 2011

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has announced iPublishCentral 3.1, an enhanced version of its software platform that enables publishers to sell and distribute digital content on the Web.

iPublishCentral is a full-service electronic publishing solution that allows publishers to publish, deliver, distribute and market eBooks. The platform gives publishers all the tools they need to manage and monetise their digital assets without making significant development investments on their own.

In iPublishCentral 3.1, the company has rolled out new features to improve the reading experience for end users. Specific enhancements include the addition of keyboard shortcuts, the ability to highlight text and save those highlights, and a new offline reader that comes with the same look and feel as the online reader.

The new version also includes refined tools to help publishers increase their revenues by regulating access to content. With iPublishCentral 3.1, publishers can now set the maximum number of concurrent users at a title level when selling eBooks to libraries and large institutions, can support authentication programmes such as EZproxy and Athens in order to protect their content from outsiders, and enable search bots to better search for and discover books.

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Atypon exceeds 11 million articles hosted by Literatum
- 13 Jul 2011

Atypon, a provider of software to the publishing and media industry, has announced that the Literatum publishing platform is now used to host more than 11 million articles.

Atypon passed 10 million articles hosted by Literatum seven months ago. The growth is driven primarily by the addition of new publisher clients; a small portion comes from clients' back file digitisation efforts and organic growth.

Literatum enables publishers to maximise the discoverability of their journals, books, reference works, databases, and other types of content, and to implement new business models, all with easy-to-use tools, backed by business and technical support from Atypon.

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American Public Health Association selects Atypon Literatum as new publishing platform
- 06 Jul 2011

Atypon, a provider of software to the publishing and media industry, has announced that the American Public Health Association (APHA) has selected Literatum as its new publishing platform. APHA is the publisher of the American Journal of Public Health.

The American Public Health Association claims to be the oldest and most diverse organisation of public health professionals in the world. Through its flagship publication, the American Journal of Public Health, the Association communicates the latest public health science and practice to members, opinion leaders, and the public.

Using Literatum, the APHA will deliver enhanced topical collections of articles culled from the Journal. It is expected that these subspecialty entry points will make it easier for public health professionals to find information most relevant to them. In addition, current book titles from the APHA Press will be available online for the first time.

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OECD iLibrary usage statistics now available
- 27 Jun 2011

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced that OECD iLibrary now provides usage statistics according to COUNTER standards, plus MARC records for all subscribers.

OECD now provides reliable standardised usage reports for all content on OECD iLibrary. The detailed usage statistics are provided for full-text downloads by title and month. This includes all content in PDF, HTML, XLS and Data downloads, ePub will be added shortly.

The iLibrary usage reports cover all content whether freely accessible or behind access controls. There is no duplication in the usage reported as the usage of each publication or dataset is reported separately in one of three reports dependent on the nature of the content.

OECD has also launched MARC Records initially for the books and serials in OECD iLibrary, available for all subscribers to download. MARC records are provided in MARC21 XML format according to U.S. Library of Congress specifications, and those for OECD journals and data products are scheduled for later this year.

OECD iLibrary is the global knowledge base for OECD's data and analysis. It contains all books and papers published since 1998, as well as a vast collection of statistics, with data going back to the 1960s and more than 80 countries covered. It provides integrated search results, showing all available file formats and languages, as well as links to previous editions. OECD iLibrary is projected as a powerful tool for people working at academic institutions, in the private sector and at governmental and non-governmental organisations.

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AAP introduces new subscription model for institutional access to entire eBook collection
- 23 Jun 2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a 62,000-member organisation dedicated to the health of children, has introduced a new subscription model for unlimited institutional access to the rich medical content that resides in the AAP eBook collection.

The new platform, www.aapebooks.com, provides libraries, medical schools, hospitals and paediatric offices with instant electronic access to more than 90 renowned AAP publications, including full-text, visuals, data tables and clinical recommendations. The subscriptions are all-inclusive, so users have unlimited 24/7 privileges to download any content from the entire collection of AAP digital titles like Pediatric Clinical Practice Guidelines & Policies, Bright Futures, Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, Red Book Atlas, and Caring For Your Baby and Young Child: Birth To Age 5 are part of the collection.

The AAP eBooks site was developed in partnership with electronic content delivery solutions provider, Impelsys, with the use of the iPublishCentral software that is used by publishers and professional associations worldwide.

The AAP eBook Institutional Collection is available based on a five-tier pricing model that corresponds with the type of institutional customer (e.g., public library, hospital, medical school, etc.).

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Swets launches SwetsWise 5.7
- 22 Jun 2011

Journal subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced the successful release of SwetsWise 5.7, the latest technical update to its information management and procurement platform. Claimed to be the only platform within the information industry to offer selection and management services for both eBooks and journal content, SwetsWise has been emboldened with a range of additional usability features and new functionalities with this latest release.

Some of the main features included in the 5.7 release relate to SwetsWise Selection Support, Swets' powerful and intuitive collection evaluation tool. The other main feature of the 5.7 release sees the full implementation of UserVoice feedback functionality into SwetsWise. This handy feature enables all users, publishers and Swets internal staff to collaborate and openly discuss improvements and possibilities for the platform.

Customers can enter the feedback area from any page within SwetsWise and quickly enter suggestions or queries into a public forum. Other users can also comment or vote on existing suggestions. All of this feedback will be moderated and infused into Swets' future development cycle. The full roll out follows a rewarding two month pilot of the UserVoice software, which generated a keen level of interest and participation among users.

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More than 1 million eBooks now available via SwetsWise!
- 08 Jun 2011

Journal subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that its information resource management and procurement platform, SwetsWise, has recently expanded its eBook catalogue to more than one million publications. Swets has signed agreements with a number of eBooks publishers and aggregators, bringing together a wealth of compelling content and creating an extensive collection of eBooks.

SwetsWise provides an intuitive interface for librarians and information managers to select and acquire eBook content. Customers are able to purchase both individual titles and eBook collections, under the same pricing and purchase models offered by publishers and aggregators directly.

123Library, Bentham Science Publishers, CABI, Canadian Electronic Library, CRCnetBASE, ebrary, Elsevier, Emerald, IOS Press, Karger, Ingram Content Group, MyiLibrary, Oxford University Press, Safari Books Online, Springer, Taylor & Francis and WorldScientific are among the eBooks publishers and aggregators who have agreed to make their content available in SwetsWise.

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Thirteen more scholarly publishers to participate in the UPCC eBook Collections
- 01 Jun 2011

Project MUSE has announced that 13 more scholarly publishers have signed contracts to participate in the UPCC eBook Collections, coming to the MUSE platform on January 1, 2012. To date, a total of 64 university and scholarly presses have contracted to include their ebooks in the MUSE/UPCC ebook initiative.

UPCC (University Press Content Consortium) collections will offer quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE's full-text scholarly journals, with library-friendly access and usage terms and affordable tiered pricing.

MUSE will unveil a beta version of its new search interface combining both journal and book content in late summer 2011. The beta interface will include new post-search filtering options and feature free sample book content for libraries and users to explore.

The UPCC eBook Collections, available for access on January 1, 2012, will be offered for purchase, with perpetual access rights and unlimited usage, downloading, and printing. Book content will be in PDF format, searchable and retrievable to the chapter level. Pricing and purchase details for the book collections will be available no later than October 1, 2012.

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World Scientific Publishing Company selects Atypon Literatum as new publishing platform
- 25 May 2011

Atypon, a provider of software to the publishing and media industry, has announced that scientific publisher World Scientific Publishing Company has selected Literatum as its new publishing platform.

Literatum will allow World Scientific to bring together all of its content products on a single platform for the first time. When it launches, the next generation WorldSciNet platform will enable researchers to search and browse a library of 85,000 journal articles, 4,000 books, and 1,000 conference proceedings.

Professional and scholarly publishers are using the Literatum platform to manage, deliver and monetise their digital content. Publishing organisations such as JSTOR, the American Chemical Society, de Gruyter, and Annual Reviews are using Literatum to provide controlled access to journals, books, reference works, and other types of publications.

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McGraw-Hill launches McGraw-Hill eBook Library
- 13 May 2011

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced the launch of the McGraw-Hill eBook Library. The move is in response to librarians' and patrons' evolving digital information needs. With this initiative, the company seeks to provide unlimited concurrent usage to the digital library so patrons can access high-quality curated content from world-renowned authorities.

The McGraw-Hill eBook Library will provide more than 1,000 titles in collections that are continuously updated with new eBooks. Users can access hundreds of thousands of pages of content from authors who are leaders in the areas of engineering, computing, business, medical, and student study aides.

Equipped with internal customer usage stats, the McGraw-Hill eBook Library allows librarians to monitor real-time usage to gauge actual demand of content and cater to the needs of the patrons/users/researchers. McGraw-Hill offers flexible subscription options which are the optimal model for librarians to get free monthly updates to the McGraw-Hill eBook Library's content and keep it constantly up-to-date.

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Grupo A selects impelsys software to power new medical content portal
- 21 Apr 2011

Grupo A, one of the leading STM publishers in South America, has announced a partnership with e-content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, to build a new online portal that will host the sale of full-text articles from some of its most important book titles published on McGraw-Hill and Artmed imprints.

Impelsys will power the new medical content portal with its iPublishCentral software. Easily customised to fit changing business needs and expanding functionality, iPublishCentral allows academic and STM presses to pick and choose the offerings they would like to make available, with minimal investment and maximum returns.

Grupo A was created in Brazil by Artmed publishing house in July 2010 as an umbrella for several imprints: McGraw-Hill, Artmed Editora, Bookman, Tekné, Artes Médicas and Penso. Artmed began as a medical book distributor when it published its first title in 1979 and continued to produce titles in the fields of medicine, psychology and education. The STM (Scientific, Technical and Professional) segment claims to be one of the most successful in Brazil, accounting for approximately 20 percent of the publishing market.

In addition to the design and development of the portal for the end user, Impelsys will provide end-to-end content services to Grupo A - including content conversion, content enhancements and loading content to the portal.

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Alexander Street Press set to launch online repository of academic video titles
- 08 Apr 2011

Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press, US, has announced plans to launch an integrated online repository of academic video titles. Already the publisher of 10 distinct, discipline-specific streaming video collections containing more than 8,000 films, Alexander Street intends to rapidly expand its offerings to more than 10,000 titles in 2011 and to 20,000 by 2013.

The new platform, Academic Video Online Complete, will also make it possible for subscribers to cross-search all Alexander Street videos from a single interface. New collections will include Psychology, Health, General Science, Business and Economics, and Diversity Studies, among other topics.

As part of its rapid expansion, Alexander Street also announced the launch of three new video collections, each available to libraries and educational institutions via annual subscription or one-time purchase. These include Filmakers Library Online; Education in Video; and Counseling and Therapy in Video, Volume II.

Currently the publisher is offering a one-month Sneak Peek access to all three new video collections. Libraries and educators who register at http://alexanderstreet.com/newvideo2011.htm will receive a username and password until April 30, 2011.

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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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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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Twenty seven scholarly publishers confirm their participation in MUSE e-books programme
- 04 Jan 2011

Project MUSE has signed contracts with 27 scholarly publishers to offer their upcoming monographs in the humanities and social sciences as part of ebook collections on the MUSE platform. Project MUSE is a collaboration between libraries and publishers, providing full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to a comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities and social sciences journals.

MUSE is partnering with many of the same publishers that currently contribute content to its electronic scholarly journal collections for the programme. Among those participating in the e-book initiative are: University of Michigan Press, Columbia University Press, Georgetown University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Penn State University Press, University of Illinois Press, Duke University Press and the Indiana University Press.

The first collections of frontlist monographs will be offered for purchase in fall 2011. Subject-based collections as well as a comprehensive collection of all available titles will be offered. Pricing and book title details are expected to be announced by late March.

Book content will be seamlessly integrated with MUSE's existing journal content, allowing users to search and browse across formats and easily discover related scholarship. Books will be offered in PDF format, searchable and retrievable to the chapter level.

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Delaware Division of Libraries join ebrary's Public Library Complete programme
- 22 Dec 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that the Delaware Division of Libraries is participating in its Public Library Complete pilot programme. Public libraries throughout the state of Delaware will now have simultaneous, multi-user access to more than 21,000 e-books from leading publishers. Also, Delaware public high schools will be eligible for complimentary onsite and offsite access.

Additionally, as part of the programme, the Delaware Division of Libraries may use ebrary's do-it-yourself e-publishing tool, DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast), to upload and share its own special collections and digitised materials with member libraries, other institutions, or freely on the web.

ebrary's Public Library Complete Pilot Program includes a growing collection of over 21,000 full-text e-books from leading publishers such as Random House, Penguin, The McGraw-Hill Companies, and Taylor & Francis. The programme also provides affordable, subscription-based pricing with simultaneous, multi-user access; free access for local public high schools in the public library's service district; DASH! for uploading, integrating, and sharing searchable databases of government forms, community college programmes, ephemera, special collections, and more; and complimentary marketing services and 24/7 web-based training with a real person.

ebrary is showcasing Public Library Complete and other products and services at the forthcoming ALA Midwinter, January 7-10, 2011, in San Diego, CA (booth #1701).

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ebrary reports significant momentum in 2010
- 21 Dec 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it has made significant traction in 2010. Among other achievements, the company increased its overall revenue by more than 30 percent over the previous year and doubled its sales in the global corporate market. Additionally, usage of ebrary products grew by more than 33 percent.

Key to the company's growth was the launch of new technologies and models including DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast), a unique and complimentary feature of many ebrary products including Academic Complete that enables customers to upload and integrate their own digital materials from the convenience of their computers. After a successful pilot programme, the company also launched a new Patron Driven Acquisition model along with a new ordering system that supports multiple models and provides librarians for the first time with real-time, do-it-yourself collection management including on-demand profiles and notifications.

ebrary continued to enhance its capabilities in 2010 with the launch of new bookshelves that can be shared via email and on the web; Lists, which enable librarians, professors, and others to create customised, searchable collections of ebrary titles; saved searches that notify end-users when new content is available that matches their interests; and support for the iPad.

Furthermore, in 2010 ebrary grew its selection of e-books and other authoritative content available to libraries by about 60 percent over the previous year and signed 35 new publishers bringing its total to 500. The company now has more than 76 out of the top 100 YBP approval publishers and offers a growing selection of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles and Doody's Core Titles.

ebrary's collection growth and product enhancements have also enabled it to tap new markets. In 2010 ebrary launched Public Library Complete, a program that includes more than 21,000 e-books with complimentary access for public schools. The company also shipped new products for the government, school, and corporate library markets including pharmaceutical and engineering.

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First Regional Library to offer new e-book collection from ebrary
- 14 Dec 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that the First Regional Library, which serves patrons throughout Northern Mississippi, is now offering ebrary's Public Library Complete programme.

As part of the Public Library Complete programme, patrons will now have simultaneous, multi-user access to a growing collection of more than 21,000 e-books in multiple subject areas including career development, fiction, practical life skills, arts & leisure, and more.

ebrary's Public Library Complete Pilot Program includes a growing collection of over 21,000 full-text e-books from leading publishers such as Random House, Penguin, The McGraw-Hill Companies, and Taylor & Francis. The programme also provides affordable, subscription-based pricing with simultaneous, multi-user access; free access for local public high schools in the public library's service district; DASH! (Data, Sharing Fast) for uploading, integrating, and sharing searchable databases of government forms, community college programmes, ephemera, special collections, and more; and complimentary marketing services and 24/7 web-based training with a real person.

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Redesigned NCBI Bookshelf now available
- 25 Nov 2010

Bookshelf, the books division of the PubMed Central database, has announced that the books in Bookshelf have been given a new look as part of a redesign that is taking place in several stages. The Bookshelf redesign includes infrastructural improvements to facilitate the discovery of information at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

The first (and completed) stage is the redesign that improves how all book pages are displayed. The table of contents page of every book now displays the book's bibliographic data, such as the book title, author, publisher and copyright information. A thumbnail display of the book cover shows prominently and an abstract or excerpt from the book is displayed above the table of contents. On the right side of the page, related PubMed citations and history of recent activity are displayed. Where available, links to other NCBI resources, such as Gene and OMIM, are also present. These new panels mark the ongoing work to create rich links between NCBI resources and to maximise discoverability of related materials.

In common with PubMed, the blue NCBI header and search bar are displayed at the top of all pages. The standard NCBI footer links to many other NCBI resources.

Once inside a book, all pages have been given a more balanced and clean layout. The text of the page is more readable through improved page layout, typography, and standardised headings. Figures can be quickly previewed: a large version of the image pops up over the page when you mouseover the thumbnail. Clicking on the thumbnail opens the image in a new window and allows one to see the title and caption for the figure.

From the interior pages of a book, searching within the book is the default. However, one can expand the search to the whole Bookshelf, or search any of the other NCBI resources by choosing a different option from the dropdown menu next to the search box. One of the main goals of the redesign was to improve navigation. The next steps for Bookshelf include a new homepage and a redesigned search interface; a new browse tool; and new pages highlighting new and featured content.

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BQFJ selects Atypon as journals platform provider for QScience.com
- 16 Nov 2010

Atypon, a provider of software to the publishing and media industry, has announced that Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ) has selected Atypon's Literatum as the publishing software for its portfolio of scholarly open access journals. BQFJ's platform, QScience.com, is slated for launch in December 2010.

Literatum gives BQFJ and QScience.com support for rapid publication in multiple languages, sophisticated search, and the ability to integrate other content types, including eBooks, datasets, conference proceedings, and audio and video multimedia. Superior new features are planned for next year.

Professional and scholarly publishers are using the Literatum platform to manage, deliver and monetise their digital content. Publishing organisations such as JSTOR, the American Chemical Society, de Gruyter, and Annual Reviews are using Literatum to provide controlled access to journals, books, reference works, and other types of publications.

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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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Informa Healthcare selects Atypon for mobile content delivery
- 10 Nov 2010

Atypon, a provider of software to the publishing and media industry, has announced that medical and scientific publisher Informa Healthcare has selected Literatum for Mobile as the cornerstone of its mobile content delivery strategy.

Informa Healthcare, a division of Informa plc, publishes authoritative research and analysis as well as up-to-date news for all sectors of the healthcare and life sciences community. Being able to access this content anytime anywhere is seen to be of critical importance to readers.

Literatum for Mobile claims to be the only product that provides a fully integrated solution for delivering the full text of professional and scholarly journals to institution subscribers—even if the reader is roaming outside of the institution network. All usage is included in the institution's COUNTER reports.

Non-Apple devices account for nearly 40 percent of Literatum for Mobile activations to date, reinforcing the need for a cross-platform mobile strategy. The Nielsen Company recently announced that Android is now the most popular operating system among people who bought a smartphone in the past six months.

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Digital edition of Wiley-Blackwell's medicine administration guide powered by SIPP
- 26 Oct 2010

Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, has announced that the online edition of the UCL Hospitals Injectable Medicines Administration Guide, published by Wiley-Blackwell, is powered by the Semantico Information Publishing Platform (SIPP). SIPP can create micro-sites for specific publications, allowing the book to maintain its own identity. The site can focus on content and functionality for a specific user group, delivering an online resource with powerful searching and browsing capabilities and easy navigation.

The UCL Hospitals Injectable Medicines Administration Guide online edition is a practical, accessible web-based tool providing an essential resource for nurses and other healthcare professionals. The Guide offers key information and advice needed for the safe and effective administration of many injectable medicines available on the ward. It covers intravenous, intramuscular, and subcutaneous methods of administration and includes general advice on dealing with extravasation, osmolarity, pH, flushes and syringe pump compatibility. The alphabetically arranged tabulated monographs ensure quick access to information on key injectable medicines, including preparative details, stability, compatibility, and acute bedside monitoring.

The easy to navigate format and clear organisation of information on screen helps healthcare professionals quickly access the information they need at the point of care, facilitating professional decision making and promoting patient safety. The Guide will be updated regularly to ensure that the latest and safest information is provided.

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Nine more university presses confirm their participation in MUSE e-books programme
- 11 Oct 2010

Project MUSE has announced that nine more university presses have signed contracts to participate in its new initiative to offer e-book collections alongside its electronic journal collections. Project MUSE is a collaboration between libraries and publishers, providing full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to a comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities and social sciences journals.

The newly confirmed participants include Columbia University Press, Fordham University Press, Georgetown University Press, Syracuse University Press, University of Hawaii Press, University of Michigan Press, University of Texas Press, University of Wisconsin Press and Catholic University of America Press. With this, eighteen not-for-profit scholarly publishers are now contributing high quality front list monographs to MUSE's planned e-books collections.

Preliminary information gathered from the currently confirmed presses indicates that MUSE's initial Fall 2011 offering will contain more than 350 books, across a broad range of scholarly disciplines. In its first season, MUSE expects to offer a complete collection of all books in the programme and selected subject-based collections. Subject collections will be built around areas of critical mass among the specific books included, and are expected to complement MUSE's existing strengths in disciplines such as literature, history and religion.

MUSE e-book collections will be offered for purchase on a seasonal (Fall/Spring) basis, with the first collections available for Fall 2011. Specific details, including lists of included titles, and collection pricing, will be released no later than March 2011. MUSE is already in conversation with both North American and international consortia and libraries regarding e-book collection purchasing. From a user perspective, book content will be fully integrated with journal content on MUSE's trusted platform, offering a rich environment for discovery and research.

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Woodhead Publishing launches e-book platform - Woodhead Publishing Online
- 07 Oct 2010

Scientific and technology publishing Woodhead Publishing, UK, has announced the launch of its online platform Woodhead Publishing Online. MetaPress, a web hosting platform service for STM content, is the host provider for the site.

Launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2010, Woodhead Publishing Online is a new resource of scientific, technical and information trends, comprising over 800 e-books, containing 12,000 chapters in Materials and Engineering, Food Science Technology and Nutrition, Textile Technology, Energy and Environmental Technology, and Finance, Commodities and Business Studies and Mathematics. Designed and created after thorough research amongst librarians and end users, the site offers extensive features and functionality and claims to be the only platform to offer the complete Woodhead Publishing platform in one place.

Initially launched with Food Science Technology and Nutrition, Textile Technology, and Materials and Engineering collections, these will be followed in early 2011 with Energy and Environmental Technology, Finance, Commodities, Business Studies and Mathematics. The next phase will be a separate site for the entire catalogue of Chandos Publishing, the publisher of books on library and information management which Woodhead acquired in 2009.

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Impelsys launches iPad module for iPublishCentral
- 07 Oct 2010

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has announced the launch of its iPad module for iPublishCentral, the industry-leading e-publishing platform, to empower publishers to get their customised iPad apps and deliver content on iPad. The iPad module on iPublishCentral will be showcased at the ongoing Frankfurt Book Fair 2010, for the first time.

This new module will empower publishers to offer their customers content on iPad through their own customised iPad apps. The iPublishCentral platform is a scalable solution that empowers publishers to keep up with industry trends. The customised iPad app will allow users to connect effortlessly to the publishers eBookstore, access the catalogue of titles, preview content, and make instant purchases through their iPAD app, thereby opening up new opportunities for sales and content delivery.

Since its launch, many new features and functionalities have been added to iPublishCentral. Some of the other significant updates made to iPublishCentral include: ACS4 server integration that ensures publishers' PDF and EPUB files are protected and delivered onto eInk devices; Single Sign-On option for institutional users, that allows them to use their existing accounts to access content on iPublishCentral, with Shibboleth authentication; and redemption of pre-generated PIN codes, by users, to access content available on iPublishCentral even from a third-party portal.

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ebrary unveils new 'Patron Driven Acquisition' e-book model
- 05 Oct 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it has collaborated with librarians and publishers to develop a new Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) model. With ebrary's implementation of PDA, libraries may create collections of titles of their choice, provide full access to end-users, and have titles automatically added to their permanent collection in real-time based on usage.

ebrary is offering librarians a choice of PDA, subscription and perpetual access e-books that can be ordered, managed and delivered directly within its interface.

Administrative functions for ebrary's PDA programme are consolidated within the ebrary interface along with other purchasing options for ease of use. All e-books selected for PDA are instantly added to the library's collection and integrated with content acquired under additional ebrary models including perpetual access and subscription.

Key features and benefits of ebrary's PDA include titles from various publishers such as ABC-CLIO/Greenwood and Elsevier; title selection tools including the ability to select by subject, publisher, price, publication date and other key parameters; and a profiling tool that automatically identifies appropriate content for PDA collection.

It also allows the ability to create and modify automatic notifications for newly available titles of interest; features a triggering system based on real usage; and offers real-time delivery of titles. Fund code management, free MARC records and weekly reporting are also available.

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Atypon launches Literatum for Mobile
- 29 Sep 2010

Atypon, a provider of software to the publishing and media industry, has introduced Literatum for Mobile, a pioneering product that enables professional and scholarly publishers to deliver their content to iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry devices.

Literatum for Mobile positions publishers for success by bringing the full power of Literatum, the leading platform for professional and scholarly publishers, to the mobile market. Individual and institution subscriber access to full-text content is seamlessly integrated with the core platform, as are COUNTER reports.

This is achieved through an industry-first access management scheme that transforms the device into a powerful authentication credential. A one-time process pairs a user's device with his or her profile and institution access. After completing the process, the user is instantly authenticated every time the app is launched. Literatum for Mobile is currently available as a public beta for launch client Annual Reviews.

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Semantico releases new control panel for SIPP
- 28 Sep 2010

Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, has released a new control panel for the Semantico Information Publishing Platform (SIPP). The updated control panel features improved navigation and updated graphic design.

The control panel enables existing live sites to be updated with new material. It is also possible to upload new code-sets and test them in the live environment. This allows for testing to be done without interruption to the site, essential functionality for sites with a worldwide audience.

SIPP is a cost effective technology solution that provides publishers with their own publishing platform. More and more publishers are recognising the importance of having a central, stable online publishing platform that is under their control, while also pushing content out to vendors and aggregators to provide additional visibility. Using SIPP, publishers can create their own micro-sites which provide publishers with a consistent approach in managing business processes.

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Atypon powers the New England Journal of Medicine
- 22 Sep 2010

Atypon, a provider of software to the publishing and media industry, has announced that Literatum, its flagship platform for professional and scholarly publishers, is powering the new digital presence for the New England Journal of Medicine.

The New England Journal of Medicine claims to be the most widely read, cited, and influential general medical journal in the world. The journal is also the oldest continuously published medical periodical. More than 600,000 people in 225 countries reportedly read NEJM each week, the majority of them online.

Featuring an all-new design with enhanced navigation, the new NEJM.org is rich in content and features. Additions include 19 new specialty pages, innovative education and training tools, and the complete NEJM Archive, which includes every article NEJM has published, dating back to 1812.

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OECD iLibrary to deliver integrated access to OECD's knowledge base
- 21 Sep 2010

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced the availability of the OECD iLibrary, a new platform providing seamless and comprehensive access to statistical data, books, journals and working papers. The OECD iLibrary replaces SourceOECD and hosts all content equally so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters. The citation tool for datasets and tables is new and unique to the OECD iLibrary.

OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD, International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998. This includes about 390 complete databases, 2,500 working papers, 5,500 books, 14,000 tables and graphs and 21,000 chapters and articles.

The OECD iLibrary supersedes SourceOECD as the main OECD publishing platform. OECD has been communicating with all its customers over the past couple of months to encourage their use of the new platform as part of the transition. All existing subscribers are now being migrated.

For end-users, the migration process is transparent. Their usernames and passwords, as well as IP address details, have been transferred. SourceOECD's EasyLinks will be automatically re-directed to the appropriate page in OECD iLibrary. Parallel access to SourceOECD will continue to be available to subscribers until the migration is complete.

New and existing subscribers will need to register an OECD iLibrary administrator username and password to be able to use the back-office functions. These currently include the management of administration contact details, authentication details - IP address(es) and/or end-user usernames and passwords, subscriptions and institutional branding.

The OECD iLibrary is still being enhanced and some administrative features such as MARC records and COUNTER usage statistics are currently being finalised prior to deployment shortly. The site will continue to evolve as new technology and innovations become available. OECD welcomes ongoing feedback from librarians and end users to continue to improve the site.

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Project MUSE to include scholarly book content to research platform and product offerings
- 10 Sep 2010

Project MUSE, a provider of humanities and social science periodical content for libraries, has announced a new initiative to incorporate scholarly book content into its research platform and product offerings. Beginning in 2011, e-book collections will be available for purchase alongside MUSE journal collections, with an integrated discovery environment that allows for browsing and searching journal and book content side-by-side.

MUSE, a collaborative project which currently publishes online over 450 journals from more than 100 not-for-profit scholarly presses, will partner with many of the same publishers to offer high quality, peer-reviewed academic books electronically. Project MUSE is managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press, which also operates Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS) as a distribution arm for many distinguished university presses. HFS client presses are also among the first group of publishers committed to participating in the new book initiative.

The e-books programme, called Project MUSE Editions, has to date signed contracts with several publishers to include in the new offering books from their upcoming scholarly monograph frontlists. These include Baylor University Press, Brookings Institution Press, ELT Press, Indiana University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Kent State University Press, Penn State University Press, Purdue University Press, and University of Illinois Press. Talks are ongoing with several other MUSE and HFS client publishers, with more participants expected to be announced before the end of this year.

Publishers participating in the programme will select and set prices for the frontlist books they offer through MUSE e-book collections. The initiative is focused on scholarly monographs, and is not expected to include textbooks, reference books, trade titles or other books outside the project scope. Project MUSE will reserve the right to reject books that do not fit within its collection parameters.

Book content on MUSE will be offered via a purchase model, on a twice-yearly seasonal (Spring/Fall) basis. Libraries will 'pre-purchase' access to a collection of the frontlist monograph titles included in the upcoming season's publishing schedule from the participating publishers.

MUSE expects to offer its first e-book collection for the Fall 2011 season, with between 250-500 frontlist monograph titles anticipated for inclusion in the collection. Pricing for book collections on MUSE will be based upon the sum of the list prices of the included titles, as set by the books' publishers, with tiered discounting of the collection price modeled upon MUSE's Carnegie Classification-based tiered pricing for its journal collections. Consortium purchase programmes will also be available.

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Publishing Technology redesigns and enhances ingentaconnect
- 07 Sep 2010

Publishing Technology plc, a UK-based provider of software and services to the publishing industry, has announced that its flagship collection of e-publications, ingentaconnect, now has a distinct and vibrantly re-energised look and feel. The new design is the second phase of the platform's regeneration, with further releases to follow. Additional improvements and upgrades will include a new Publisher Statistics package, integration with an award winning search engine, enhanced ahead of print functionality, and additional content, amounting to 3600 new titles.

Phase one of the enhancements included a release in March this year which featured early compliance with Shibboleth 2, as well as RightsConnect integration and improved Open Access support, amongst many other improvements to enhance its user experience.

Containing 13,500 scholarly and professional publications from 255 leading international publishers and with 2.5 million unique users per month, ingentaconnect maintains its status as a trusted and established research resource. It continues to be committed to ensuring visibility of publisher's content via library technology. Partnerships with Summon, Primo Central and EBSCO Discovery Service guarantee publisher's content is discoverable via the latest range of library products.

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ebrary's Academic Complete now exceeds 50,000 titles
- 03 Sep 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that its flagship subscription e-book database, Academic Complete, now exceeds 50,000 titles from leading publishers. Academic Complete continues to be the largest multidisciplinary e-book database licensed to libraries throughout the world, under a simultaneous, multi-user access model with continual growth.

Furthermore, ebrary's Academic Complete, Government Complete, Public Library Complete, and College Complete are the only e-book products that enable libraries to upload and integrate their own digital materials such as theses and dissertations, yearbooks, and newspapers with DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast).

Academic Complete includes e-books, reports, maps, and other authoritative titles from publishers including The McGraw-Hill Companies, John Wiley & Sons, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and many others. The selection may be previewed at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/academiccompletetitles.

Academic Complete is an interactive eBook database that covers all academic subject areas. The collection currently includes more than 30,000 titles from more than 220 of the world's leading academic, STM, and professional publishers. The database is available 24/7 through any web-enabled device including the iPad.

Additional key features and benefits of Academic Complete include text-to-speech and other accessibility features; continued collection growth at no extra cost throughout the subscription term; free MARC records; COUNTER-compliant usage statistics; and multiple options for searching, navigating, and browsing.

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Atypon launches refreshed website for Annual Reviews
- 01 Sep 2010

Information services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced the launch of a refreshed website for US-based non-profit publisher Annual Reviews.

The new website, www.AnnualReviews.org, is powered by Literatum, a platform used by professional and scholarly publishers to manage, deliver and monetise their digital content. It includes innovative features that make it easier for researchers to find principal contributions in their field and stay up to date with new developments. These include the ability to quickly preview an article's figures from tables of contents, search results, and most popular content pages; tag-along navigation that keeps an article's figures, references, and related content visible while moving through the article; and snippets from cited Annual Reviews articles that accompany the references, giving insight into the context of the citations.

Annual Reviews provides the worldwide scientific community with a useful and intelligent synthesis of the primary research literature for a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. Its publications are among the most highly cited in scientific literature as indexed by the Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

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BioOne adds six new titles to 2011 collections
- 27 Aug 2010

BioOne, US, a web-based aggregator of research in biological, ecological and environmental sciences, has announced six new titles and their respective not-for-profit publishers to the 2011 BioOne Collections. These new titles are seen to further enhance the company's resource offerings.

Four titles from the National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France, will join the BioOne.2 collection. These include Adansonia, Anthropozoologica, Geodiversitas, and Zoosystema. The American Bryological and Lichenological Society, publisher of The Bryologist, will add their second publication, Evansia, to BioOne.1. The flagship journal of the Netherlands Ornithologists' Union, Ardea, will also join the BioOne.1 collection.

With the January 2011 addition of these new titles, BioOne will be home to 166 total publications, 114 of which are ISI-ranked. Furthermore, 65 of BioOne's titles have their current content available online exclusively through the BioOne platform, and 31 titles are based outside of the US. In addition to its two subscribed collections, BioOne continues to be home to twelve open access publications, freely available to all users and fully integrated with the subscribed titles.

2011 rates for both the BioOne.1 and BioOne.2 collections reflect a price increase of 4 percent over 2010. Institutions subscribing to both collections will receive a 5 percent discount on their BioOne.1 subscription.

Additionally, effective January 2011, Journal of Great Lakes Research, published by the International Association for Great Lakes Research (to Elsevier), will no longer add new content to BioOne. In accordance with both BioOne standard policy and Project Transfer guidelines, all issues previously hosted on BioOne from departing titles will remain accessible to subscribers in perpetuity.

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Informa Healthcare adds over 600 book titles to Atypon-powered platform
- 06 Aug 2010

Information services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced that medical and scientific publisher Informa Healthcare is now publishing books on the redesigned informahealthcare.com platform, powered by Atypon's Literatum software.

Literatum is a platform used by professional and scholarly publishers to manage, deliver and monetise their digital content. Publishing organisations such as JSTOR, the American Chemical Society, de Gruyter, and Annual Reviews are using Literatum to provide controlled access to journals, books, reference works, and other types of publications.

Informa Healthcare, a division of Informa plc, publishes authoritative research and analysis as well as up-to-date news for all sectors of the healthcare and life sciences community. The company partnered with Atypon to deliver a single publishing platform for both books and journals. It has now decided to add more than 600 book titles to the 170 journals on informahealthcare.com to allow users to search across content type to easily obtain critical research.

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ebrary adds more than 800 e-books to Public Library Complete
- 28 Jul 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it has enhanced its Public Library Complete Pilot Program with more than 800 e-books from AMACOM, Ballantine Books, Bantam Books, Chelsea House, Global Media, and other leading publishers. Public Library Complete now includes a growing selection of over 21,700 multi-user access e-books as well as free access for public high schools, do-it-yourself e-publishing tools, and complimentary marketing services and training.

Additionally, to ensure that ebrary develops the best possible products and technologies for public libraries, and to better understand their needs, the company is creating a new advisory board of public and state librarians. Anyone interested in participating or receiving additional information may email tish.wagner@ebrary.com.

ebrary's Public Library Complete Pilot Program includes a growing collection of over 21,700 full-text e-books from leading publishers such as Random House, Penguin, The McGraw-Hill Companies, and Taylor & Francis in multiple subject areas for schools & studying, career development, fiction, practical life skills, arts & leisure, and more. The programme also provides affordable, subscription-based pricing with simultaneous, multi-user access; free access for local public high schools in the public library's service district; DASH! (Data, Sharing Fast) for uploading, integrating, and sharing searchable databases of government forms, community college programmes, ephemera, special collections, and more; and complimentary marketing services and 24/7 web-based training with a real person.

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NRC Research Press to launch new publishing platform using Atypon's Literatum software
- 30 Jun 2010

Information services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced that Canadian Science Publishing, doing business as NRC Research Press, will launch a new publishing platform using the company's Literatum software.

NRC Research Press is a Canada-based scientific publisher, publishing 15 journals in all scientific disciplines. The Press recently became an independent not-for-profit corporation, having previously operated as a division of the National Research Council of Canada, a government entity.

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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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ebrary and City University of New York sign system-wide deal for Academic Complete with DASH!
- 15 Jun 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that all libraries within the City University of New York (CUNY) have subscribed to Academic Complete.

CUNY is a leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students in New York City. Twenty-three institutions including Baruch College, Hunter College, and City College of New York can now offer students and faculty simultaneous, multi-user access to a growing e-book database with more than 48,400 titles, research tools, and their own digital archives created with DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast), a complimentary, do-it-yourself e-publishing feature of Academic Complete.

Academic Complete is an interactive eBook database that covers all academic subject areas. The collection currently includes more than 30,000 titles from more than 220 of the world's leading academic, STM, and professional publishers. It continues to grow at no additional cost to customers throughout the subscription term. The database is available 24/7 through any web-enabled device including the iPad. Additional key features and benefits of Academic Complete include text-to-speech and other accessibility features; continued collection growth at no extra cost throughout the subscription term; free MARC records; COUNTER-compliant usage statistics; and multiple options for searching, navigating, and browsing.

ebrary will be demonstrating Academic Complete as well as other products and services at the ALA conference, scheduled for June 26-28, 2010, in Washington DC.

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Association of American University Presses partners with NetGalley
- 04 Jun 2010

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) has announced a new benefit programme in partnership with NetGalley, a web-based service that provides tools for publishers to share digital galleys and press kits. In addition to reaching traditional reviewers and media contacts, university presses can use NetGalley to share digital galleys with the international rights market, librarians, booksellers and retailers, bloggers and professors requesting desk copies.

The cost of NetGalley for an AAUP member publisher will depend on the number of titles hosted on the site each month. Regardless of their level of participation, AAUP members are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount off the normal NetGalley monthly subscription rate. Environmental information and solutions provider Island Press is one of the first AAUP members to subscribe.

NetGalley provides the real-time transmission of digital galleys and multimedia press kits. Publishers can also allow readers to request a printed galley. A major benefit of the programme is the opportunity for readers to download secure, searchable, full-colour digital galleys to their desktop or to devices such as the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, or Kobo eReader. For university presses, NetGalley can aid in their desk/exam copy needs by allowing this process to be done faster, at lower cost and with real-time reporting on who is reading a title.

In addition to inviting existing contacts to view galleys, publishers can also list their titles in NetGalley's catalogue and approve requests from NetGalley members. NetGalley offers a range of marketing programmes to reach qualified readers via email, social networking, online trade advertising and at industry events.

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enTourage ties up with F.A. Davis to offer nursing and healthcare content
- 28 May 2010

enTourage Systems, Inc., the US-based developer of a dualbook branded 'enTourage eDGe', has announced a partnership with publisher F.A. Davis to upgrade its e-book store with additional titles. The enTourage eDGe seeks to bridge multiple technologies into one device. With its hinged E-Ink and LCD screens, the device is designed to offer users the functionalities of an e-reader, tablet netbook, notepad and audio/video player and recorder in one unit. It also aims to provide the ability to leverage these tools to further engage and manipulate content.

Partnering with F.A. Davis is expected to allow enTourage Systems to provide students, educators and professionals the content they need with nearly 100 titles in the nursing, medicine and health sciences.

In addition to the content from F.A. Davis, enTourage Systems e-book store includes over 200,000 trade titles, e-textbooks, major magazines, newspapers and periodicals, as well as over one million free public domain books digitised by Google. The e-book store is projected as a key component to the enTourage Systems portfolio, providing a controlled user experience that also includes document back-up and sharing between devices.

The company's eDGe dualbook consists of two screens. A 9.7'' E-Ink screen lets users read e-books apart from taking notes and drawing diagrams. The other half, a Wi-Fi-enabled LCD screen for web browsing, also allows video viewing and Microsoft Office document editing and creating. The product is equipped with microphones, a camera and speakers.

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ebrary unveils pilot programme to expand use of public libraries
- 25 May 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced a new pilot programme called Public Library Complete Pilot Program. The initiative seeks to combine more than 20,000 e-books from various publishers under a simultaneous, multi-user access subscription model; free access for local public high schools; do-it-yourself e-publishing tools; and complimentary marketing services. With this initiative, the company seeks to help public libraries address the growing needs of school students, job seekers and other library patrons.

Public libraries are seen as an important resource for local schools that have been hit hard in terms of materials budgets. They also serve as career counselors, helping unemployed patrons find work and others build their careers. Furthermore, public libraries are often the only place where patrons who do not own computers can gain access to government forms and other critical information. ebrary's Public Library Complete Pilot Program aims to give public libraries a helping hand to address these and other community needs.

Public libraries, systems, and consortia are invited to a breakfast focus group at ALA Annual, where ebrary will discuss the pilot programme in greater detail. It will also solicit input on trends, future business models for electronic content, challenges and other matters pertaining to the public library community. The session will be held on June 27 at the Four Points Sheraton in Washington DC.

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LibreDigital secures $8.1 million in funding to expand e-book services
- 20 May 2010

Digital media services company LibreDigital Inc, US, has announced that it has closed an $8.1 million Series C funding round led by new investor S3 Ventures with participation from existing investors Adams Capital Management and Triangle Peak Partners. The company's other key investors include HarperCollins Publishers, The New York Times Company and Noro-Moseley Partners.

The new capital infusion will be used by LibreDigital to expand e-book services for publishers looking to capitalise on the unprecedented demand for e-books, which is being driven by the release of new devices like the Apple iPad. In addition to being a top Apple e-book aggregator, LibreDigital also powers the delivery of content to other digital devices and marketplaces, including Barnes & Noble NOOK, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Google Editions and many more.

LibreDigital enables publishers, distributors and device manufacturers to securely market and deliver content across an expanding number of digital channels, including e-readers, tablets, smart phones, social networks and online stores. The company offers solutions designed to deliver digital books, newspapers and magazines in the highest quality format possible.

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OverDrive to unveil applications for integrating e-books and multimedia content
- 20 May 2010

OverDrive, a US-based distributor of e-books, audiobooks and digital content, has announced that it will release a series of applications that will combine e-books, audiobooks and interactive and multimedia content into one user-friendly application. The apps will be available for both mobile and desktop operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry. End users are expected to benefit from a single software solution for all OverDrive-supplied content, as well as on-the-go access to e-books from OverDrive-powered library and retail catalogues.

Android devices will be the first to experience OverDrive's app with integrated e-book reading features. The app will enable wireless downloads of premium, copy-protected e-books, as well as enhanced accessibility and usability features such as text-to-speech. This and other mobile apps are being developed under a licence agreement with Adobe and using the Adobe Reader Mobile 9 SDK. All OverDrive apps will support EPUB, PDF and e-book content protection functionality, including library lending and expiration.

For a preview of the OverDrive e-book apps, as well as other service enhancements, interested parties can visit booth 3258 at BookExpo America, May 26-27, in New York City. The company will also exhibit in the IDPF Digital Book Zone, booth 2323, at BEA.

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Spanish publishers launch new e-book platform - Libranda
- 17 May 2010

Spanish publishers Planeta, Random House Mondadori and Santillana, together with Roca Editorial, Wolters Kluwer, and Edicions 62, have reportedly launched a new e-book platform, Libranda. Libranda will offer one of the biggest selections of e-books in Spanish and Catalán. It will act as a digital distributor with no direct-to-consumer sales.

Libranda will offer its e-books in ePub format, limited by user and territory with Adobe DRM. Default settings will allow readers who buy e-books to download each title on up to 6 PCs and 6 mobile devices, though individual publishers will be able to set stricter limits if they wish. The platform will distribute books from prestigious independents Anagrama, Salamandra and Maeva. Libranda has also deals in place to roll out in June with major chain retailers. Participating publishers have the option of negotiating their own retailer discounts individually. As of now, there are no plans to provide e-books to libraries.

The launch of Libranda comes two weeks before Book Expo America in New York. In one of the first events of the Global Market Forum on May 25, 2010, Planeta CEO Jesus Badenes will join Larry Bennett from Baker & Taylor and Patricia Arancibia from BN.com to talk about the e-book markets in Spain and the US.

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MediaNet launches eBook catalogue and distribution service
- 28 Apr 2010

Digital media content provider MediaNet, US, has announced the launch of a comprehensive eBook catalogue and product offering. The advanced MN Open platform will now support the integration of eBooks using an intuitive API that has been widely adopted by over 100 application developers, web publishers and online retailers for music offerings.

MediaNet will make available a broad catalogue of eBooks including the most popular titles that are available through major physical and online book sellers. These eBooks will initially be offered in the Adobe ePub and PDF formats which are compatible with a wide variety of devices including PC, Mac, Sony Reader, Nook and new entrants such as the Plastic Logic Que. Additional formats will be introduced as needed.

Currently there are applications available in the marketplace that will allow for compatibility with the ‘iDevices’ including the iPhone and iPad. Web publishers and application developers can access MediaNet’s eBook service through an API built on top of MediaNet’s enterprise class content delivery platform. MediaNet’s API provides complete control over the user experience, functionality, e-commerce and content catalogue. Online retailers can rapidly implement more advanced browsing, discovery, and purchase options under their own brand.

In May 2010, MediaNet will make available its popular suite of Web Components for the eBooks offering. With no coding required and a quick time to market, Web Components allow anyone to place dynamically displayed eBook content anywhere on the Web. This offers a contextually rich experience with eBooks content presented to end users in a relevant manner when they are most interested in an author or subject and likely to transact.

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ebrary announces new functionalities to QuickView
- 28 Apr 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it has added significant capabilities to QuickView. QuickView enables end-users to instantly view documents in many of the leading web browsers and even works on the iPhone.

ebrary customers worldwide can now discover information within e-books and other authoritative documents without having to download or install software. Enhancements to QuickView include ability to customise InfoTools, which turns every word into a portal to additional information, with online resources of the customer’s choice; print an entire chapter at a time (up to session limits); choice of four citation preferences; navigate to the previous or next page by double-clicking on the document; ability to select text and navigate throughout documents by finger swiping on the iPad and iPhone; and enable RefWorks, EndNote or both at the institution level.

Additionally, end-users can easily share ebrary citations with peers at other institutions. Anyone who clicks on the URL to an ebrary title will be automatically directed to the same document in their library’s ebrary collection (if available).

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Swets’ eBook procurement portal fully integrated into SwetsWise
- 09 Apr 2010

Journal subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that its eBook procurement portal has been fully integrated into SwetsWise and is now available to all customers. The eBooks procurement portal allows users to purchase both individual titles and eBook collections.

SwetsWise now provides the capability to browse, acquire and manage all eBook purchases through the same interface in which they manage their print and electronic journal subscriptions. Users can compare and contrast the different pricing and purchase models available from different providers. The procurement features included seek to provide customers with a single source for purchasing eBooks and a means to select the desired access route to their acquired content, be it by publishers directly or through an aggregator.

SwetsWise facilitates the essential interaction with publishers needed to ensure the timely delivery of subscriptions in the format information users and knowledge workers require. Its comprehensive eBook catalogue already contains about 300,000 titles, from more than 1000 publishers, with the number rapidly increasing daily. Titles and packages from some of the world’s leading aggregators are available to order.

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SPO adds new backlist titles to ACLS Humanities E-Book online collection
- 29 Mar 2010

The University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office recently added 576 new backlist titles to the ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) online collection. This brings the total number of available titles in HEB to 2,790. The works represent more than two dozen disciplines and subject areas, including performance studies, sociology, literary criticism, and the history of the book.

ACLS Humanities E-Book database is a subscription-based, full-text collection of important scholarly works in all areas of the humanities, peer-reviewed and selected for inclusion by twenty different learned societies. The backlist titles are produced from printed books, and can be viewed as page images, OCR'd text, or PDFs. Frontlist titles are born-digital, fully-encoded texts that may include multi-media functionality such as images, audio, or video.

The Scholarly Publishing Office at the University of Michigan Library has been working with scholars to improve publishing since 2001. SPO publishes a broad range of material of interest to scholars in many fields. It works with scholars to design affordable and sustainable publishing solutions.

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EBSCO Publishing to acquire NetLibrary Division from OCLC
- 18 Mar 2010

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, and electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, have signed an agreement. Under the deal, EBSCO will purchase the assets of the OCLC NetLibrary Division and the rights to license a select number of vendor-owned databases currently available through the OCLC FirstSearch service. The purchase includes the NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook platform as well as operations and infrastructure in Boulder, Colorado.

NetLibrary eBook content and eAudiobook subscriptions will continue to be available on the NetLibrary platform. EBSCO plans to provide access to the NetLibrary e-books content on EBSCOhost, an e-content platform, in a bid to create a comprehensive integrated e-books and database service. NetLibrary e-books will also continue to be accessible through WorldCat.org.

OCLC purchased the assets of NetLibrary in 2002 from bankruptcy in a bid to protect libraries’ investments in e-book content purchases, and to explore the potential of e-books for libraries during the early days of the web. OCLC members and publisher partners pioneered new e-book platforms, new purchase and licensing models and built a global shared e-book service for tens of thousands of libraries worldwide. OCLC has partnered with EBSCO to ensure wider access to the e-book resources of libraries.

All NetLibrary e-books purchased by libraries will be placed in a dark archive—the OCLC eBook Archive—at least through March 2013. The latest agreement with EBSCO is projected to ensure that all NetLibrary e-books purchased by libraries continue to be secure.

EBSCO will provide OCLC MARC records for applicable e-books to libraries free of charge and will ensure continued visibility of these collections in WorldCat.org. EBSCO also plans to maintain the e-books content purchase model and additionally explore e-books subscription options. Thousands of libraries also subscribe to Recorded Books eAudiobooks on the NetLibrary platform. This service will continue as EBSCO and Recorded Books will partner to provide access and new eAudiobook content on the NetLibrary platform.

EBSCO has also purchased the rights to license certain vendor-owned databases that are currently available via FirstSearch. Existing FirstSearch subscribers will continue to receive access to these databases on the FirstSearch service through the end of their current subscriptions. EBSCOhost access to these databases will be activated to run in parallel with FirstSearch access for the remainder of the current subscription.

OCLC will continue to deliver library content via the FirstSearch platform. The WorldCat database, the WorldCat base package of databases and databases of primarily library owned content will continue to be offered through both FirstSearch and WorldCat.org.

Moving forward, OCLC plans to concentrate new development resources on enhancing and expanding WorldCat services and developing new services to streamline and lower costs of library management workflows.

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Publishing Technology announces enhancements to IngentaConnect
- 11 Mar 2010

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc, UK, has announced the latest release of IngentaConnect, its flagship collection of e-publications. Ingentaconnect now includes Shibboleth 2 integration in anticipation of the forthcoming industry-compliant deadline of June 30th. Compliance with Shibboleth 2, a standards based, open source software package for user authentication, is the latest in several advances made to ensure the platform remains future-proof for its publishers and its users.

IngentaConnect's compliance with the latest Shibboleth standard is enabled via OpenAthens SP, which also supports authentication for prior versions of Shibboleth to ensure continued access for those who have not yet applied for the newest standard and also other new technologies as the develop.

In addition to Shibboleth 2, other enhancements include Open Access support to more clearly identify free and Open Access content to users, improved visibility of purchase and download options. The release also includes integration with RightsConnect from the Copyright Clearance Center. A 'More about this publication? / More like this' feature shares additional information with readers, such as editorial board details and highlights related articles as recommendations, potentially driving more usage and revenue opportunities for hosted publishers.

In a related announcement, IngentaConnect has announced that three new clients have selected its online publishing package. Content from St Antony's International Review (STAIR), Northwestern University Press and Sense Publishers will all soon feature on IngentaConnect. Also, Content from City University of New York and Firenze University Press is now available.

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CRC Press partners with Atypon to launch new CRCnetBASE platform
- 04 Mar 2010

Scientific publisher CRC Press, US, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, has announced a partnership with publishing software provider Atypon to launch CRCnetBASE 2.0. The new web platform utilises Atypon’s software to combine all CRCnetBASE e-book content onto one website.

New features include individual book and chapter purchases, the ability to search across all disciplines, and built-in institutional account management. Users will now be able to access the entire CRCnetBASE catalogue of online content from one website, allowing them to conduct searches across multiple disciplines. Institutional account management tools have also been integrated within the new platform. Registered library administrators can view their IP ranges, add additional administrators, download COUNTER usage reports, and personalise their institutions site directly from their user account. Academic and corporate subscribers will continue to receive IP recognition access to CRCnetBASE.com with additional options for Athens and Shibboleth logins.

CRCnetBASE offers subscription and purchase access to over 6,000 scientific and technical e-books spanning 40 disciplines. Annual subscriptions and perpetual subscriptions are available for institutional, corporate, and academic customers.

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Ex Libris and Ingram Digital in deal to make e-book content available via MyiLibrary
- 10 Feb 2010

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, and digital content services provider Ingram Digital, US, have announced an agreement to make e-book content available through Ingram’s e-content aggregation platform, MyiLibrary. MyiLibrary e-book content will now be available to library users through the full suite of Ex Libris discovery products - Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly e-content, the SFX OpenURL link resolver and the MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution.

Libraries will benefit from the collaboration between Ingram and Ex Libris by having one search and discovery tool that can access the vast and comprehensive e-content catalogue of MyiLibrary, and by significantly increasing the breadth and depth of publisher content that libraries can make available to their patrons.

MyiLibrary is a fast-growing online e-content solution that currently includes hundreds of thousands of titles covering all major disciplines. Ingram Digital is the latest of the rapidly expanding group of aggregators who have chosen to make their content accessible to library users via Primo Central - a centralised index comprising data harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators.

Ingram will provide metadata for all its MyiLibrary e-book titles for indexing in Primo Central. With Primo Central, users simultaneously search locally managed collections and global e-content and receive search results that are blended into a single relevance-ranked list. Primo Central is now undergoing beta testing by 14 Primo Central partner libraries around the world, and will be available to the more than 250 Primo customers and 1500 MetaLib customers in mid-2010.

Ex Libris will also use the MyiLibrary metadata to enhance the SFX OpenURL link resolver KnowledgeBase. SFX is used by over 1800 institutions in more than 50 countries. Released in 2001 as the first software of its kind, SFX offers a wealth of features that go far beyond basic link resolver functionality, including a comprehensive KnowledgeBase; an A-Z list; and CitationLinker, Collection Analysis, and Statistics modules.

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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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ebrary unveils new SaaS feature for promoting digital content
- 30 Nov 2009

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced the availability of a new Software as a Service (SaaS) feature - Title Preview. The feature is projected to enable publishers, aggregators, corporations and other users to effectively market their digital content and increase leads.

Title Preview seeks to help organisations quickly and cost effectively create digital content products and distribute them directly to the markets of their choice. It offers features and benefits such as ebrary marketing services to assist with generating and tracking leads; customised landing page created by ebrary’s designer; ability to specify number of viewable pages; multiple searching options – simple and advanced; browse by topic; personal bookshelves to store titles of interest and email selections to peers; usage reports and statistics; and other ebrary interface features including InfoTools.

ebrary will be showcasing Title Preview and its other products and services at a number of upcoming events, including Online Information, December 1-3, 2009, in London (stand #600), and ALA Midwinter, January 15-18, 2010, in Boston (booth #1800).

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ebrary expands Library Center, includes complimentary e-books for knowledge managers
- 12 Nov 2009

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it has expanded its Library Center to include complimentary e-books for knowledge managers. The new Library & KM Center now features a growing selection of more than 140 titles from leading publishers along with tools that make it easy to find, use, and manage information online. Interested parties can register online at http:// tinyurl.com/librarykmcenterpr to gain access to the new Library Center.

ebrary offers corporations and government organisations a number of integrated products and services including full-text e-book, handbooks, manuals and other trusted content in key business and engineering subject areas. The company also offers content hosting services, which turn corporate PDF documents of any type into searchable and highly interactive databases. All ebrary products and services feature powerful research capabilities including InfoTools, which turns every word into a portal to additional knowledge within the organisation and on the web.

Additionally, ebrary’s products and services can easily be integrated within corporate intranets. The company will be demonstrating its full suite of content products and technologies at KM World, November 17-19, in San Jose California (Booth #121).

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Ovid announces licensing agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry
- 30 Oct 2009

Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced a new licensing agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry, a UK-based professional association and publisher of books, journals, and databases in the chemical sciences. Under the deal, Ovid will provide seamless online access to 46 of its ebooks on the OvidSP platform. As a leading aggregator of online scientific information, Ovid works with more than 150 international and society publishers.

All 46 books are the latest editions and have been published between 2006 and 2008. They will be available as annual subscriptions or as one-time purchases for perpetual access on Books@Ovid, OvidSP’s leading ebooks platform. All books are scheduled to be available on OvidSP by the end of October. The inclusion of these titles further strengthens Ovid’s offerings in biological chemistry, drug discovery, toxicology, food science, and energy and environmental science.

Books@Ovid offers a streamlined, efficient ebook search experience for novice and experienced online scholarly searchers. Users can search books simultaneously with their other online resources, and flexible search, results management, and workflow tools make online research fast and easy. With the addition of books from the Royal Society of Chemistry, Books@Ovid now offers access to over 2,500 books from the world’s premium publishers. In addition to the Royal Society of Chemistry, Ovid’s portfolio of ebooks publishing partners now totals ten. Additional partners include Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (Ovid’s sister company within Wolters Kluwer Health), Oxford University Press, Springer Science + Business Media, McGraw-Hill, and Jones & Bartlett.

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American Academy of Pediatrics selects Impelsys’ iPublishCentral to launch e-book strategy
- 20 Oct 2009

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has announced that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has solidified its e-book strategy with iPublishCentral, an electronic content delivery solution used by over 350 publishers worldwide. AAP is a leading society publisher and professional organisation to 600, 000 pediatricians.

Scheduled for launch in early 2010, AAP will initially offer 35 books from its adolescent health, neonatal, infectious disease and primary care collections online for purchase in digital format with a multi-level offering to both individuals and institutions such as libraries, hospitals and medical schools. iPublishCentral is an easy-to-implement, cost-effective, self-service solution that allows publishers to market, distribute and monetise traditional print content through electronic channels.

AAP collections and individual titles will be available by subscription or by per-book purchase, accessible with a single login. Along with member pediatricians, hospitals, libraries, medical schools and health organisations will also have access to AAP’s digital library. While retaining the look and feel of a print book, these e-Books will have enhanced electronic features including search, bookmarking and user personalisation.

AAP and its member authors will also be able to promote their titles using iPublishWidget, a viral marketing tool that enables both publishers and authors to promote and market books on the Internet and social Web sites such as Facebook. iPublishWidget enhances visibility, sustains interest and enables sales conversions for any title. Leading titles such as The Red Book Atlas, a reference for infectious diseases; Berkowitz Pediatrics, a textbook for primary care; and The Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, a guide for the latest evidence-based guidelines on feeding healthy infants and children, will be available for digital download.

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More publishers add multilingual content to NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook collections
- 14 Oct 2009

Global library cooperative OCLC has announced that its e-book and e-audiobook service, NetLibrary, now offers more than 200,000 eBooks and over 13,000 eAudiobooks from over 550 publishers in a variety of subject areas and disciplines. NetLibrary claims to be the first eContent provider to offer academic, public, special and school library users access to more than 200,000 eBook titles. Its multilingual eBooks include reference, business, computer science and information technology titles and more from the world's leading publishers of scholarly, trade, STM and reference eContent.

NetLibrary offers comprehensive collections in all core subject areas including humanities, physical sciences, technology, medicine and literature. Libraries can choose from tens of thousands of front-list and best-selling trade titles; ready reference materials including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories and handbooks; and resources for students, teachers and faculty. NetLibrary also offers services and tools to help libraries streamline acquisitions, integrate eBooks into an integrated library system, and facilitate discovery of collections.

NetLibrary eAudiobooks integrate seamlessly with a library's existing NetLibrary eBook collections, providing library users with a single point of access. With increasing worldwide demand for electronic content, NetLibrary continues to enhance and expand its catalogue by partnering with pre-eminent publishers. In recent months, NetLibrary has added content from publishers such as American Psychiatric Publishing, Harvard University Press, McGraw-Hill Education Europe, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, and more.

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ebrary unveils new service for CRM and other SaaS providers
- 07 Oct 2009

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced a new service called On-Demand Libraries, targeted at CRM (customer relationship management) and other Software as a Service (SaaS) providers. The service is projected to help SaaS providers show greater value to their customers, while offering end-users trusted information and tools they need to do their jobs more efficiently.

With On-Demand Libraries, SaaS providers can package their services with custom and branded collections of relevant e-books and other materials from publishers valued at tens of thousands of dollars. ebrary offers CRM software providers a selection of digital content in subjects ranging from sales & marketing to finance, human resources, business and leadership. The company also offers content complementary to many SaaS providers to vertical markets such as medical, legal and government. ebrary’s selection may be previewed at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/corptitles/home.action.

Additionally, SaaS providers may seamlessly integrate their own manuals, whitepapers, reports, or any document in PDF with their On-Demand Library, which features tools for efficiently finding, using and managing information online.

ebrary offers a selection of more than 170,000 digital books, handbooks, reports, maps, journals and other content from over 350 publishers across the world under flexible subscription, purchase and usage-based models. Additionally, the company offers e-publishing services for customers to cost-effectively distribute their own PDF content online on ebrary’s servers or their own.

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Sony Partners with Author Solutions and Smashwords for e-Book distribution
- 01 Oct 2009

Sony has signed agreements with publishing houses Smashwords and Authors Solutions that will permit e-books published or distributed by the two companies to be sold through the Sony eBook Store. Together with Sony, these companies will give independent authors and small publishers the opportunity to offer content through the eBook Store.

Established publishers as well as independent authors and smaller publishers can now access Sony’s newly re-launched Publisher Portal. This portal serves as an easy way for larger publishers who may not already have a relationship with Sony to get in touch. Also, it provides a way for individual authors or publishers with just a handful of titles to work with market-proven solution providers to publish books and make them available on Sony’s eBook store.

As Sony completes the conversion of its eBook store to the industry-standard EPUB format, Smashwords and Authors Solution will expand the offer to all existing Author Solutions and Smashwords authors to get their titles up on the Sony site. Author Solutions and Smashwords will offer authors the option to publish content in the EPUB format, the International Digital Publishing Forum’s (IDPF) XML-based standard format for reflowable digital books and publications. EPUB has gained acceptance among major trade book publishers with dozens of publishers already producing the majority of their eBooks using the standard. Sony recently announced that the company is transitioning its content library to the EPUB format.

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Impelsys partners with Audiomedia Production to offer complete talking eBook solution
- 28 Sep 2009

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has announced a strategic partnership with Audiomedia Production (AP), an audio production vendor to leading educational and trade publishers. The deal is to offer audio content for Impelsys’ VirtualPages. VirtualPages is a reader that quickly and cost-effectively converts print into electronic editions. Publishers can now have a single-vendor solution for all eBook production needs.

Together, Impelsys and AP enable the VirtualPages Talking eBook. Impelsys’ VirtualPages technology plus AP’s audio content transforms standard printed books into virtual electronic books that offer a variety of illustrative and audio features such as narration, individually clickable words and read-along colour-coding of words. Some other features include user customisation features to turn on/off the text highlights and/or audio Page flip feature; zoom in and zoom out; thumbnail view; jump to page; and links to Word Glossary 'Email to friend' option.

Impelsys and AP plan to continue to enhance the eBook experience, push technological limits and lead the direction in which the electronic publishing industry is headed. With a partnership like this in place, publishers and other industry affiliates will be able to take advantage of production and management cost savings by working with one vendor to implement a complete online strategy and offer a more attractive eBook production solution to clients.

Impelsys also offers a self-service electronic content delivery platform called iPublishCentral. iPublishCentral allows publishers of any size to make content available for sale online and promote their brands and titles across the Web through viral marketing. With minimal to no cost, publishers can transition content online and can offer readers a high-resolution digital reading experience with viewing/previewing, buying, renting and promotional capabilities through iPublishCentral, iPublishWidget and ViewInside.

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Elsevier to make 250 Health Sciences eBook titles available via ScienceDirect
- 09 Sep 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that nearly 250 health sciences titles published and/or publishing in 2009 and 2010 will be launched in October. These new eBook collections cover clinical content in clinical medicine, veterinary medicine, and health professions. Elsevier will make these titles available electronically through ScienceDirect, its online scientific research platform. These new eBook collections follow the May release of titles published from 2000 to 2008, bringing the total Health Sciences eBooks on ScienceDirect to more than 870 titles.

Elsevier’s Health Sciences books are published under the imprints W.B. Saunders, Mosby, Churchill Livingstone, and Hanley & Belfus, publishers with a rich medical and health science publishing heritage dating back to 1688. The inclusion of these books on ScienceDirect will allow even more researchers across the world to access these valuable content resources.

Until May of this year, Elsevier’s medical and health sciences book titles had only been available through MD Consult for clinical practitioners and medical education; Evolve eBooks for health professions education; and Veterinary Consult for veterinary medicine education. The thousands of authors represented in the Elsevier medical and health sciences collections on ScienceDirect can now enjoy greater market visibility, increasing the potential for research collaboration and recognition.

The addition of the Elsevier Health Sciences 2009 and 2010 eBook Collections follows the successful launch of over 600 Health Sciences titles published from 2000 to 2008. These titles further contribute to the evolution of the ScienceDirect platform into a comprehensive and complete source of global scientific knowledge.

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British Library initiative to showcase latest digital reading devices
- 07 Sep 2009

British Library, the national library of the UK, has announced plans to extend its ‘New Ways of Reading’ display to encourage users to investigate new reading technology from the moment it is released. Under the initiative, the library is showcasing the Bloomsbury Library Online, a new service which allows readers to borrow e-books from their public libraries. Also, three new e-reader devices are on display. These include the COOL-ER reader and Sony’s ‘Pocket’ and ‘Touch’ Reader devices - not available in shops until September 10.

With the arrival of services such as the Bloomsbury Library Online - being showcased on the upper ground floor of the British Library from September 3 – readers will soon be able to view electronic content at their local library and remotely via Internet enabled devices. Run by Bloomsbury Publishing, this online service provides access to shelves of popular material by theme.

As well as demonstrating how content is being made available, the Library has added new hardware to its e-reader display. On August 26, Sony launched its two latest editions to the Sony Reader family at the Library. These allow users exclusive access to these two new models, now part of the display, before they are released in the shops on September 10. Easy to navigate with a single hand and small enough to fit in a jacket pocket, the Reader Pocket Edition is claimed to be ideal for commuters. The new models from Sony are joined by the ultra-light, user friendly COOL-ER Reader, designed by small British firm Interead. Offered in a range of colours, Interead has created a dedicated e-bookshop for the devices to make the upload process as simple as possible and bring e-readers to the non-technologically inclined masses.

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AMA launches e-book portal using iPublishCentral from Impelsys
- 27 Aug 2009

Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has announced that the American Medical Association (AMA) has launched an e-book portal using iPublishCentral, its self-service e-publishing platform. iPublishCentral enables publishers to market, distribute and monetise traditional print content through electronic channels.

For instance, the e-book version of Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, sixth edition, contains clarifications and corrections that were not defined until after the book published. The AMA has recently reprinted the book and is using this opportunity to introduce its existing customer base to the electronic version. Direct purchasers can currently receive a two-year subscription to the downloadable e-book as a replacement offer for the reprinted publication. iPublishCentral allows a migration path to a planned suite of e-products that will be available on Impelsys’ iPlatform in the future.

By going online with iPublishCentral, the AMA seeks to provide its members the flexibility and benefit of accessing AMA-published content from anywhere.

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American Psychological Association launches APA Books E-Collections
- 15 Jul 2009

The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced the release of APA Books E-Collections, a new way for institutions to purchase, own and provide access to APA scholarly and professional book content. APA Books E-Collections also offer the first in-year availability of APA's current copyright year book content in electronic format.

APA Books E-Collections comprise individual annual compilations of APA-published scholarly and professional book content grouped by copyright year, and are available for years 2001 through 2009. Coverage includes all APA scholarly and professional books with the exception of APA Style products, Magination Press children's titles, APA LifeTools trade book titles, encyclopedias, and other reference publications. All APA Books E-Collections provide electronic access to the full-text of each book and are delivered on APA PsycNET, APA's proprietary search platform.

APA now provides a choice of access models for electronic access to APA scholarly and professional books, enabling institutions the flexibility to choose the best model for their specific needs.

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Bundling print and digital drives electronic sales, says study
- 24 Apr 2009

John Smith & Son, an academic and professional bookselling chain in the UK, has released results of a study proving market demand for e-textbooks and confirming their value as a new revenue stream for publishers. The programme is powered by VitalSource, an interactive e-textbook platform offered by Ingram Digital, an Ingram content company focused on solutions for digital content management, distribution and promotion.

E-textbooks were sold using various sales models, with bundled print and e-textbooks proving more successful than e-textbooks sold as a discounted point-of-sale add-on or as a single full-price product. Not only were e-textbook sales strong in the first semester, but these encouraging sales have continued into the second semester, it has been observed.

The study also revealed that titles available digitally realised a decrease in used textbook sales. Used textbook sales force publishers to compete with their own material, leading to more frequent new editions and, subsequent higher costs for printed textbooks. Titles available digitally realised as much as a 68 percent decrease in sales of their used, printed counterparts in a year-to-year comparison.

John Smith's chose VitalSource for its ability to support multiple formats, flexible digital rights management and interactive features such as the ability to search within text, highlight in the book, copy and paste sections as needed and the ability to share notes with classmates and professors. After a successful pilot in 2007, the programme was expanded for the 2008 autumn semester, with almost 100 of John Smith's bestselling textbook titles available in digital and print.

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Semantico offers rapid versions of publishing platform and access management system
- 16 Apr 2009

Online publishing solutions provider Semantico Ltd., UK, has announced a redesign of its service offering around the introduction of 'rapid' versions of its online publishing platform, Semantico Information Publishing Platform (SIPP), and its identity and access management system, Semantico Access Management System (SAMS). The new rapid offering is projected to enable dramatically shortened implementation times and lower cost without sacrifice of quality. The move is expected to better meet the needs of publishers struggling to fund the development of their online offerings in the current financial climate. The company is also introducing a number of 'crunch-buster' service additions alongside its core offering.

Semantico, a developer of high-end custom digital publishing solutions, is now additionally offering lower entry points for its richly-featured publishing solutions, and faster time-to-market.

The basis of the rapid offering is a streamlined, 'Pareto principle' implementation which is seen to provide the vast majority of the functionality publishers look for in an online publishing platform and a clear upgrade path. SIPP is now offered in three versions - SIPP Rapid, SIPP Rapid+, SIPP Classic. All three come bundled with the corresponding version of SAMS (SAMS Rapid, SAMS Rapid+ or SAMS Classic), providing a fully integrated access management solution.

Each version offers an upgrade path allowing additional functionality and enhancements to be added at a later date. SAMS is also offered in all three versions as a stand-alone solution, which can be easily integrated with an existing publishing platform using SAMS Gatekeeper.

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E-textbook platform VitalSource witnesses significant increase in usage
- 11 Mar 2009

Digital content services provider Ingram Digital, US, has announced a significant increase in the student and faculty adoption of VitalSource, its interactive e-textbook platform. In January 2009, the platform saw more than a 600 percent rise over the same period in 2008.

VitalSource allows publishers to reach out to emerging digital markets while also protecting their content from illegal use and piracy. The interactive format allows users to search, highlight and annotate their texts. VitalSource-powered e-books can be downloaded to a user's PC or Mac, making them accessible anywhere, anytime - even when the user is no longer connected to the Internet. The VitalSource Bookshelf application stores, indexes and displays the e-books and functions as a virtual meeting place for readers to trade notes, tips and techniques.

Bookshelf, an interactive e-book reader, is claimed to experience continued exponential growth as e-books are increasingly adopted by the higher education community. After adding 100,000 new users over the course of its first 10 years, the number of users has tripled since June, surpassing 300,000 users in January 2009. In January alone, 44,453 users downloaded Bookshelf.

The Bookshelf platform enables social networking in the classroom by allowing students and faculty to share their notes with each other - another feature seen to be contributing to its rapid adoption. In January 2009, over 3 million notes and highlights were shared. Professors are also choosing to share their notes with students.

The latest version of the platform, Bookshelf 5.1, incorporates changes based upon feedback from users. It features faster search capabilities, cited as the most valuable feature by students, as well as improved print functions and enhanced organising and downloading capabilities.

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