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Ingenta Releases New Subscription Management Service

Ingenta (http://www.ingenta.com) has revealed details of a new subscription management service for IngentaConnect. A new Web interface—which makes use of technologies such as Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and JavaScript Pages and Faces—will provide IngentaConnect's publisher, librarian, and agent partners with improved administration capabilities. The back-end systems that support the tools have also been re-engineered for improved performance. The new tool is designed to give publishers much greater flexibility in terms of the business models by which they can license online access. It generally supports more customization, better communications, and more efficient subscription activation for Ingenta's library and agent partners.

Publishers will have greater power to customize the system according to their particular requirements, and the comprehensive notification options will improve customer communications. Librarians will be able to review the status of current and new subscriptions, and new content will be highlighted to assist efficient activation of online access. Agents will have additional facilities to locate users, activate access, and review existing data.

Source: Ingenta

Wolters Kluwer Health Launches PubFusion 2.0

Wolters Kluwer Health (http://www.wkhealth.com), a provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, and the pharmaceutical industry, has launched PubFusion 2.0 as an online content management system for publishers, pharmaceutical companies, and other businesses. PubFusion is designed to reduce costs and production time by making content management an online process. PubFusion is built on the EMC Documentum 5.3 digital asset management platform. It is available as both a hosted and an in-house solution.

PubFusion 2.0 offers commercial publishers, self-publishing societies, research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and other businesses an online solution to increase the speed and quality of content creation, review, approval, and dissemination. It also lets users manage their libraries of original content and supporting material such as advertisements, editorial art, print layout, and permission information.

New features in Version 2 include enhanced on-screen layout tools, an automated feed of "publish ahead of print" articles to designated Web sites, improved workflow tools, and an enhanced reporting tool. The reporting tool breaks down information by article types or sections and enables better scheduling and reporting on authors, articles, submissions, tables, and figures.

Version 2.0 also supports interactions with suppliers such as online aggregators, print production facilities, and advertising agencies. It can be integrated with all major commercial manuscript submission systems, providing a digital end-to-end publishing pipeline.

Source: Wolters Kluwer Health

ProQuest Adds Oxford University Press Titles to Literature Online

ProQuest Information and Learning (http://www.il.proquest.com) announced that its Literature Online resource will celebrate its 10th anniversary in December. To mark the milestone, ProQuest's Chadwyck-Healey unit is enhancing the resource by including search results from more than 30 literary reference titles from Oxford Reference Online's Premium and Literature collections published by Oxford University Press (http://www.oup.com). Also, because of the new partnership, subscribers to both Literature Online and Oxford Reference Online (http://www.oxfordreference.com) can access the full text of entries within Oxford Reference Online.

Literature Online subscribers can now cross search key Oxford Reference Online titles including the new five-volume The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, the new four-volume The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, the four-volume The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, The Oxford Companion to English Literature, and The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation.

Launched in December 1996, Literature Online's first release included primary texts from Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections previously only available on CD-ROM. Further collections were soon added (a total of 18 are now available), followed by full-text journals and bibliographic and reference resources, as Literature Online evolved into a fully integrated and comprehensive digital library. Today, Literature Online includes more than 350,000 works of literature with a vast pool of criticism and reference.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning



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