|Weekly News Digest
January 2, 2014 — 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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Springer Journals Get New Creative Commons License
Beginning Feb. 3, 2014, a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license will apply to journals from BioMed Central, Chemistry Central, and SpringerOpen, which are all part of Springer Science+Business Media. Many open access (OA) articles published in Springer’s subscription-based journals will also fall under the new license.
BioMed Central and Chemistry Central works will be available under a combined license for published articles and a Creative Commons CC0 waiver for published data such as tables and other supplements. All SpringerOpen content will fall under CC BY 4.0.
According to CC BY 4.0, users may “copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format” and “remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.” Authors have a simplified attribution requirement and the license applies to digital materials. Users include international governments and publishers of public sector information.
Source: Springer Science+Business Media
Thomson Reuters Updates Techstreet Subscriptions
Techstreet, a provider of industry codes and standards that is part of the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, released a new version of Techstreet Subscriptions, its standards management platform. Now users can access collaboration solutions such as a note-taking tool and exact equivalents data from within the platform.
Techstreet Subscriptions includes a suite of tools for managing standards distribution in enterprises, such as document search capabilities, alerts for new and updated documents in users’ subscriptions, and a dashboard with usage reports and content sets.
The exact equivalents data helps users choose standards by flagging identical versions of documents. The platform then generates a list of identical documents from multiple publishers that shows which international standards have been officially adopted.
Source: Thomson Reuters
Nature Publishing Group Announces OA Journal
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) agreed to co-publish Human Genome Variation, a peer-reviewed, open access (OA) journal, with the Japan Society of Human Genetics (JSHG). NPG and JSHG will begin accepting submissions in March 2014, and the journal will go live on NPG’s website later this year.
Human Genome Variation, the sixth journal collaboration between NPG and JSHG, is a sister title of JSHG’s Journal of Human Genetics. Katsushi Tokunaga, a professor at the University of Tokyo, will serve as editor-in-chief. The journal will feature original research articles, summaries, reviews, and data reports. Its audience is human genetics researchers and clinical geneticists.
The journal “will provide a forum for scientists working in human genetics, variation and mutation to publish their discoveries, results, analysis and insights,” says Dugald McGlashan, publisher of NPG’s Asia-Pacific academic journals.
Authors may choose which Creative Commons license to apply to their research articles, which will be OA on publication.
NPG and JSHG will also develop a searchable database sourced from the journal’s data reports that includes content on genomic variation and variability.
Source: Nature Publishing Group
Brill Debuts Primary Sources Platform
Brill introduced BrillOnline Primary Sources, a platform consisting of 70-plus thematic collections of global primary source materials such as rare books and documents.
The platform covers research areas in the humanities and social sciences, with subjects ranging from art and architecture to Slavic and Eurasian studies. There are more than 6 million high-resolution document scans, research data, models, and images available for searching.
Brill partnered with Semantico to build the platform using Scolaris, an integrated content platform that manages journals and other publications, promotes discoverability, and offers taxonomy support for faceted search. Users can view BrillOnline Primary Sources materials using the Scolaris Reader.
Brill’s primary sources collections “are designed with discoverability and user experience at the forefront. Using the latest technologies like Scolaris, means that search results are delivered at lightning speed in a logical and intuitive way giving customers the information they need quickly and accurately,” says Perry Moree, CFO and VP of finance and operations at Brill.
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