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BioMed Central to Provide PhysMath Platform
BioMed Central (www.biomedcentral.com), a publisher of open access, peer-reviewed journals, announced the first three journals to be launched by PhysMath Central: PMC Physics A, PMC Physics B, and PMC Physics C. PhysMath Central (www.physmathcentral.com) is BioMed Central’s open access publishing platform for the fields of physics, mathematics, and computer science. These three titles will begin accepting submissions this month. Four more journals in physics and mathematics are planned for launch in 2007, with others to follow in the future. The PhysMath Central publishing platform is based on the open access publishing model pioneered by BioMed Central for biological and medical research.
Launched to meet the increasing need for open access journals from major research institutes (such as CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and other funding organizations and government bodies, PhysMath Central seeks to make research in physics, mathematics, and computer science more widely available and to increase access to this research to all institutes and individuals, free of subscription charges.
PhysMath Central is currently recruiting some of the leading minds in physics and mathematics for its editorial boards. These experts will spearhead journal development and serve as editors and reviewers. Massimo Giovannini of the Theoretical Physics Division at CERN has agreed to serve on the PMC Physics A editorial board. Giovannini expressed support for open access publishing, citing the high subscription fees as a hindrance to scientific progress. The new editor in chief of PMC Physics A is Professor Ken Peach, director of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science at the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London and chair of the Scientific Policy Committee at CERN.Source: BioMed Central
Stanford Launches Copyright Renewal Database
Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR; http://library.stanford.edu) has launched the Copyright Renewal Database (http://collections.stanford.edu/determinator), which enables people to search copyright-renewal records for books published in the U.S. between 1923 and 1963. The database is designed to be a tool for anyone researching the copyright status of books.
The group of U.S. works published from 1923 to 1963 is the only one for which renewal is now a concern. According to SULAIR, this has become a pressing issue as libraries and businesses develop plans to digitize materials and make works in the public domain widely available. The Copyright Renewal Database brings all 1923–1963 book-renewal records together in a single database and, more significantly, makes searchable renewal records that had previously been distributed only in print.
SULAIR developed the Copyright Renewal Database, dubbed the Copyright Determinator, with a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The effort built upon Project Gutenberg’s transcriptions of the Catalog of Copyright Entries, which was published by the U.S. Copyright Office. (Project Gutenberg at www.gutenberg.org produces free electronic books.)Source: Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources
Headfast Offers New Booklist Management Service
Specialist electronic publishing and software services company Headfast (www.headfast.com) announced the launch of a new online book-list management service for publishers, BooksoniX (www.booksonix.com). The new service is designed to streamline managing and disseminating bibliographic information from a title’s inception through to publication and beyond.
Publishers can enter or upload the data once and BooksoniX will manipulate the data into the required format—whether for marketing purposes, for a Web site, to send automated updates, for internal uses, or for catalog production. BooksoniX can generate printed and electronic catalogs, promotional fliers, newsletters, or other marketing materials and provide an email or RSS alerting service to customers to tell them about new and forthcoming titles of specific interest. BooksoniX integrates with existing systems. Offered as a Web-based service means there is no software to install or maintain.
Headfast (previously known as Head Software International, Ltd.) has specialized in applications for the knowledge industry—booksellers, information services, libraries, and publishers—for more than 25 years. BooksoniX is a joint project between outsourcing firm Domex e-Data Pvt, Ltd. of Chennai, India (www.domex.co.in), and Headfast of Caterham, England.Source: Headfast
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