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New moves in push to Open Access to scholarly journals

Two important steps were taken in the drive to support the conversion of the majority of present scholarly journals from subscription only to Open Access. The Max Planck Society published an Expression of Interest already adopted by 30 signatories, inviting all parties involved in scholarly publishing to collaborate on a 'swift and efficient transition for the benefit of scholarship and society at large'.
   
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Increasing Number of Publishers to Make ORCID IDs Compulsory

The start of 2016 has seen a number of academic publishers declare their intention to make it compulsory for authors to use ORCID identifiers during the publication process. The implementation of this will commence during the course of the year, and follows the example of the UK's Royal Society, which established its policy from January 2016. The publishers behind the announcement include American Geophysical Union (AGU), eLife, EMBO, Hindawi, the Institute of Electrical&Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Public Library of Science (PLOS).
   
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A changing role in a changing market

When Swets filed for bankruptcy in 2014, the 113-year old company clearly illustrated the difficulties faced by traditional intermediaries in a rapidly changing information ecosystem. The web has revolutionised many-to-many transactions and all intermediaries - whether library, publisher or subscription agent - have needed to transform the nature of their services. Failure to transform successfully will inevitably lead to the failure of individual companies, but the failure of such a high-profile subscription agent raised fundamental questions about the future of the industry itself: How could this have happened? How can it be stopped from happening again? And, most importantly, is there a long-term future for subscription agents?
   
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Four Predictions for Academic Publishing in 2016

Publishing Technology has shared the predictions for what will be in store for academic publishing in 2016. This sector is far broader, larger and economically more successful than people outside the industry can imagine. It ranges from multinational corporations that publish journals, to the university presses who keep the scholarly monograph going as a content form, and to the professional and association publishers dedicated to sharing information, insight and expertise within distinct professional groups. Yet however different these publishers look from the outside, they face similar challenges as the behaviour of their buyers and readers changes and their funding environment shifts.
   
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How the Healthcare Industry Tackled Data Blocking in 2015

Data blocking, the antithesis to health IT interoperability, is emerging as a major impediment to the improvement of EHR use. Data blocking is defined by the ONC as preventing the sharing of health information intentionally, knowingly, or with a lack of reasonable justification for blocking the information. Data blocking is a clear hurdle in the way of full interoperability because it is intentional, and therefore can be preventable. This not only bars the free exchange of information, but also the benefits that go with it - care coordination, patient engagement, and team-based care.
   
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