|Weekly News Digest
November 29, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.
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Simon & Schuster and Author Solutions Launch Self-Publishing Service
Simon & Schuster, Inc., and Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI) announced the launch of Archway Publishing, a new self-publishing service with a focus on fiction, nonfiction, business, and children’s categories. Archway Publishing will offer a wide range of editorial, design, distribution, and marketing services, provided by Author Solutions to help authors create the highest quality self-published books.
In addition, the following services will be Archway Publishing exclusives:
- Concierge Service—Authors will have the option to work with a dedicated publishing guide who will coordinate each step of the book production process.
- Bookseller Catalog—Archway titles will be included in Edelweiss, the leading, industrywide online catalog available to major retailers, wholesalers, libraries, bloggers, and thousands of industry professionals.
- Archway Speakers Bureau—The Archway Speakers Bureau, powered by Speakerfile, helps authors connect to a world of potential speaking opportunities and establish themselves as credible voices in their fields.
- Premier Video Production and Distribution—Archway authors will have the opportunity to create high-quality videos and book trailers for distribution to major online video networks.
“Through Archway Publishing, Simon & Schuster is pleased to be part of the rapidly expanding self-publishing segment of our industry,” said Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of Simon & Schuster. “Self publishing has become a viable and popular route to publication for many authors, and increasingly a source of content for traditional publishers, including Simon & Schuster. We’re excited that we’ll be able to help more authors find their own path to publication and at the same time create a more direct connection to those self-published authors ready to make the leap to traditional publishing.”
According to Bowker, self-publishing is one of the fastest growing sectors in the publishing industry, with 211,269 self-published titles (based on ISBNs) released last year, up more than 60% from 133,036 titles in 2010.
Source: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Complete ReaxysFile Now Available on STN
FIZ Karlsruhe announced that the complete ReaxysFile is now available on STN. ReaxysFile now contains the full content from Reaxys, a leading source for chemical substance and reaction data produced by Elsevier.
ReaxysFile is a major factual database containing fully searchable chemical structures and reactions, associated with a depth of chemical and physical properties—all experimentally measured. With historical data dating from 1771 and the most relevant current publications (journals and patents) in organic, inorganic, and organometallic chemistry, ReaxysFile forms a valuable part of STN for information professionals and patent experts looking either for pinpoint accuracy concerning a particular substance or while searching for broader research questions.
Information on several million substances has been added, including inorganic substances and substances derived from patents, bringing the database to the same content level as in Reaxys. This will immediately increase information professionals’ and patent experts’ efficiency when investigating new research opportunities, performing freedom-to-operate searches or looking for reliable chemical substance information. ReaxysFile can also be used to retrieve relevant information for meeting regulatory requirements on chemicals (e.g., REACH).
“We are pleased to see the collaboration with Elsevier further extended by this successful update to the ReaxysFile,” says Rainer Stuike-Prill, vice president marketing and sales at FIZ Karlsruhe. “Reaxys is widely acknowledged as a valuable source for a detailed view of chemistry data. With the addition of the full version of ReaxysFile to STN users benefit from more comprehensive and precise search results.”
Source: FIZ Karlsruhe
SAGE Acquires Royal Society of Medicine Journals Portfolio
Academic publisher SAGE announced an agreement with the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) to acquire its journal program. With immediate effect, 28 titles formerly published by RSM Press will be published by SAGE.
The Royal Society of Medicine is one of the largest providers of continuing medical education in the U.K., reaching medical professionals and students from around the world. As part of this agreement, SAGE will begin publishing partnerships with some of the world’s most prestigious medical organizations including the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. SAGE will also publish the RSM’s own journals including its flagship title, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, one of the most widely read and enjoyed general medical periodicals in the world; JRSM has provided insights into a broad spectrum of issues for more than 200 years.
“After a decade of growth across clinical medicine, this agreement marks SAGE out as a major medical publisher,” said Ziyad Marar, global publishing director at SAGE. “The confidence of the Royal Society of Medicine in entrusting SAGE with the development of their own journals as well as several society relationships recognizes SAGE’s strengths as a collaborative publishing partner, one that is aligned with the goals of scholarship and education, and able to combine the reach of a larger publisher with the care and personal approach of a smaller press.”
The RSM portfolio publishes articles on primary research and clinical practice across a broad range of disciplines, including infectious disease, health practice, women’s health, and vascular medicine. SAGE will embark upon a program of digitizing all archives of the journals wherever possible back to Volume 1, Issue 1. Many of these digital backfiles will be made available for the first time.
Further information for all titles, including landing page and information for subscribers, can be found here.
Source: SAGE Publications
EBSCO Publishing’s ExPub Releases R2 For Chemical Registrations
Companies impacted by the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulations now have a valuable tool in R2 (REACH Registrations) from Expert Publishing (ExPub), a division of EBSCO Publishing. R2 provides integrated access to the Official ECHA REACH Registration Database leveraging the EXPERTIndex to provide the most relevant search results.
R2 contains key information submitted by companies on more than 7,600 unique substances including CAS number and other identifiers, composition, classification and labeling, physical/chemical properties, toxicological properties, and eco-toxicological properties. R2 will be updated as the ECHA updates it website.
ExPub’s proprietary search engine allows users to simultaneously search the REACH Registrations and millions of other documents found in more than 140 collections including the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), the Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS), the Merck Index, the complete set of the IARC Monographs, the 12th Report on Carcinogens, the EPA’s Integrated Risk Information Systems, and MSDS from more than 27,000 different vendors. And with its 2.4 million terms and synonyms, the EXPERTIndex produces search results that are 100% relevant.
ExPub is the premier provider of up-to-date, decision-support chemical information for the global environmental health and safety community. ExPub databases provide access to millions of documents containing comprehensive human and/or environmental hazard data needed to manage the impact of chemicals in the workplace or on the environment. ExPub provides more than 140 databases (the EXPERTIndex) containing millions of documents from government and licensed sources covering more than 400,000 unique substances and accessible via 2.4 million chemical names and synonyms. Databases include ChemEXPERT, ReproEXPERT, ListEXPERT, DrugEXPERT, and MSDSonline.
Source: EBSCO Publishing
Market Analyst Announces Launch of eBook Reports
Market Analyst, a value-added distributor of market research reports and business information, announced that it now offers market research reports in ebook formats from its web store www.MarketAnalyst.net. Three analyst firms have partnered with Market Analyst in the eBook Reports product launch: WinterGreen Research, Inc., Mind Commerce, and Objective Analysis.
This is the first of several offerings from Market Analyst that will cater to the evolving needs of market research buyers and publishers, aimed to make MarketAnalyst.net the web store of choice for anyone seeking high-quality market research reports and business information.
The announcement makes Market Analyst a pioneer in providing market research reports in ebook format, which are typically offered in Portable Document Format (PDF). By offering eBook Reports, Market Analyst gives market research report buyers the added convenience and ease of reading reports anytime, anywhere on their devices of choice, such as tablet computers, PDAs, smartphones, or any type of ebook reader, such as NOOK, Amazon Kindle, or SONY eBook Reader.
Source: Market Analyst
Thomson Reuters Incorporates ORCID Identifiers
The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced its initiative to incorporate ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) identifiers into its scientific and scholarly research offerings, ensuring that users of resources such as ResearcherID and ScholarOne Manuscripts are able to incorporate their unique IDs into the attribution and publishing process. The system provides a central registry of researchers across disciplines and geographic boundaries, connecting researchers to their research.
Thomson Reuters is a founding member of the ORCID initiative, having worked closely with the organization since inception in 2009 to develop and define the principles for this program. Given its contribution to the genesis of ORCID, Thomson Reuters is committed to ensuring its flagship solutions incorporate ORCID technology and make it easily accessible.
Thomson Reuters is embedding ORCID identifiers across its scientific and scholarly research ecosystem, providing integrated continuity for the use and access of this information. Researchers can register for, or upload, their ORCID identifier into ResearcherID; that information will then be accessible in an EndNote bibliography, and eventually be part of the formatted, cited reference.
The ORCID identifier will also appear in ScholarOne Manuscripts and can be searched and reported on as part of the peer-review process (journals can collect ORCID identifiers for authors). Published articles will be indexed in the Web of Knowledge, with links to ORCID profile data that are searchable within the interface. The ecosystem is complete by enabling administrators, funders, and policymakers to view groups of ORCIDs to measure and benchmark against others in InCites.
ORCID, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the name ambiguity problem in scholarly research and brings together the leaders of the most influential universities, funding organizations, societies, publishers, and corporations from around the globe.
Source: Thomson Reuters
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