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February 7, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Infosources Rolls Out Mobile Apps for Law

Mobile Apps for Law is a just-released database on the web that covers all legal research and utility apps for all types of mobile devices. Whether you use an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, Android device, or a Palm PC, this is the place to find out which law apps are available for your device. The database is brought to you by Infosources Publishing, pioneers in the field of reference publishing for law since 1981. Infosources Publishing, which is based in Teaneck, N.J., publishes basic reference sources for lawyers, law librarians, legal researchers, and information professionals.

The database includes more than 800 different mobile applications for law and lawyers and is growing weekly. Each entry provides detailed information, including title, publisher, description, subjects, price, devices, version, size, last update date, links to reviews, where available, and most importantly, a link to click on to download the app immediately to your device. Powered by dtSearch, the search function allows you to search through the entire database or to limit by specific fields, such as title, subject, or device.


Subscriptions are $49.99 for 1 year of access. For a limited time, subscriptions are being offered at a 50% discount.

Source: Infosources Publishing


Wiley Launches New Program of Open Access Journals

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. announced the launch of Wiley Open Access (, a new publishing program of open access journals. The first journals will launch shortly, publishing primary peer-reviewed research in a range of broad-based subject disciplines in the life and biomedical sciences. Wiley Open Access will provide authors who wish to publish their research outcomes in an open access journal with a range of new high-quality publications that meet the requirements of funding organizations and institutions where these apply. 

The new journals are being launched in collaboration with a group of international professional and scholarly societies with which Wiley currently partners. Each journal will appoint an editor-in-chief and editorial board that will be responsible for ensuring that all articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, and each journal will be offered with the full functionality of Wiley Online Library.

Wiley Open Access journals will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. A publication fee will be payable by authors on acceptance of their articles. Wiley will introduce a range of new payment schemes to enable academic and research institutions, funders, societies, and corporations to actively support their researchers and members who wish to publish in Wiley Open Access journals.

 Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Ebooks From Springer Archived by CLOCKSS

CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) has partnered with Springer Science+Business Media to preserve more than 32,000 ebooks in CLOCKSS’s geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world.

A not-for-profit joint venture between the scholarly publishers and research libraries, CLOCKSS’s mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive for the benefit of the greater global research community.

“All eBooks available in our eBook packages will be preserved in the CLOCKSS archive,” says Heather Ruland Staines, senior manager of e-operations. Staines oversees Springer’s participation in digital preservation initiatives. “Because our eBook collections are offered in an ownership model, we feel a particular responsibility to ensuring their availability in perpetuity.”

Springer Science+Business Media is a global scientific publisher, publishing about 2,000 journals and more than 6,500 new books a year.


China Connect From BCMS International, BvD Identifies Acquisition Opportunities

China Connect details transaction histories and acquisition opportunities in nonlisted Chinese companies. The data has been sourced through relationships and cooperation agreements with Chinese government departments, local equity exchanges, charitable foundations, professional service firms, and financiers. It is unique in that it comes directly from reliable sources on the ground in China who understand private Chinese businesses.

China Connect includes current information on a company’s business scope, where it is permitted to expand, the likelihood of an investment opportunity being open to foreign investors, and if such an investment is likely to be acceptable to the country’s regulatory authorities. It also includes information on the companies, such as the number of employees; listed patents and IP rights; quality standards; and products and services where these have been disclosed.

BvD’s (Bureau van Dijk’s) Zephyr software means users can search for, and analyze, both the historical deals and current opportunities.

Steve Anstey, general manager China, BCMS International, says, “Nowhere else can investors access in a single location the information provided in China Connect. If China is part of your growth strategy as a potential investment destination, then using this service could be vital to your success.”

Lisa Wright, head of M&A products at BvD, says, “We’re delighted to be working with BCMS International. The historical deals in China Connect complement the extensive deal data in our Zephyr database by adding to our intelligence on deals involving non-listed companies. China Connect is the latest significant addition to our M&A portfolio which includes the recent launches of our M&A Portal, Valuation Catalyst and our new version of Zephyr.”

Source: BvD

Publishers to Earn Licensing Revenue Using CCC’s Rightslink Plus

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and provider of licensing solutions, announced a referral partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) in which ALPSP members can earn revenue from their online content utilizing CCC’s Rightslink Plus service at a discounted rate. Rightslink enables licensing of text and multimedia direct from publishers’ online content.

“At a critical time in publishing, ALPSP understands that its members can benefit greatly from a powerful, revenue-generating solution,” said Ian Russell, ALPSP chief executive. “Rightslink Plus provides the functionality our members need to increase customer satisfaction at a price that has never been more affordable.”


“With more than thirty years of experience brokering content for major publishers around the world, CCC has incorporated best practices and proven success methodologies in rights licensing into Rightslink Plus,” said Miles McNamee, vice president of licensing and business development at CCC. “We’ve lowered the barriers to market entry for publishers new to licensing their content online.”


Rightslink Plus automates the permissions process for content reuse with its sophisticated transaction engine, advanced levels of pricing flexibility, and licensing options.


Source: Copyright Clearance Center

ARTstor Images Discoverable Through Serials Solutions’ Summon Service

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest, LLC, announced an agreement with ARTstor to enable the discovery of its visual materials collections from the Summon web-scale discovery service. ARTstor Digital Library provides more than 1 million images in the areas of art, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

ARTstor Digital Library’s collections include contributions from museums, individual photographers, scholars, libraries, artists, artists’ estates, and photo archives. With the integration of ARTstor’s data in the Summon service index, users from all disciplines will soon be able to discover a more comprehensive wealth of visual materials they may not have even known existed within their library’s collections.

“The Summon service acts as the digital front door to the vast information available in the library, which allows students to find and access all the relevant material in the library’s collection simply and easily,” said Michael Gersch, senior vice president and general manager of Serials Solutions. “By including the fast and easy discovery of the full breadth of ARTstor’s visual materials, we are continuing to ensure researchers have access to the most comprehensive search functionality available on the market today.”

Currently, the Summon service allows researchers to quickly and easily search content from more than 6,800 providers with more than 600 million records. Summon serves more than 200 libraries worldwide that subscribe to the service.

ARTstor, an independent nonprofit organization, makes the 1.2 million images in its Digital Library available internationally with 1,300-plus institutions in 42 countries.

Source: Serials Solutions

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