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Weekly News Digest

July 6, 2017 — 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.

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Thieme and Schattauer Publishers Introduce OA Medical Journal

Thieme and Schattauer Publishers rolled out TH Open, a new OA journal for updates on the developments in vascular medicine. It complements Schattauer’s journal, Thrombosis and Haemostasis, and features original articles, clinical studies, review articles, and case studies. It has a pay-what-you-want (PWYW) pricing strategy so that authors can decide how much to pay for their article-processing charges. Thieme launched its first PWYW title, The Surgery Journal, in 2015.

For more information, read the article.

CompTIA Studies Skills Shortcomings in Companies

CompTIA published “Assessing the IT Skills Gap,” which finds that organizations have widening skills gaps in their workforces that they are struggling to narrow. Of the 600 executives surveyed for the report, 46% say they think IT skills shortcomings have grown in the last 2 years. The respondents also say there are skills gaps in marketing, sales and business development, accounting and finance, and other areas.

For more information, read the press release.

LobbyForMe Builds Platform for Contacting Government Reps

LobbyForMe is a new tool that helps the public have a voice in the U.S. government by creating campaigns for contacting representatives. According to Todd O’Brien, the site’s co-founder:

Following the 2016 presidential election, one thing became clear to me—Americans of all political stripes don’t feel represented by their government. That’s why I, along with co-founder Ben Koren, created LobbyForMe, an online platform that makes it easy for activists to create, share, and track campaigns on any political issue or government vote. 

Activists simply go to where they can create a campaign and share it via social media. Supporters can then enter their address to locate and send a message to their elected representative with the push of a button. The platform also provides powerful analytics about the campaign reach and size—information activists and the media can leverage to hold politicians accountable on the issues that matter to their constituents.

For more information, visit the website.

EDP Sciences Introduces OA STEM Journal

EDP Sciences launched 4open, a new OA journal that covers all subjects across the STEM fields, including the disciplines of natural and material sciences, medicine, and engineering. It will contain original research and review articles, communications and letters, case reports, doctoral theses, rapid reports, and more. It is now open for submissions, and its website provides instructions.

For more information, read the press release.

Zebralution and Loudr Join Forces for Music Licensing

The digital media distributor Zebralution entered into a strategic licensing partnership with Loudr, a music rights technology company. It gives Zebralution “comprehensive DPD [digital phonorecord delivery] licensing for its labels and royalty administration services, as well as access to Loudr client features such as real-time publishing metadata for licensed works via Loudr’s API and catalog matching against U.S. Copyright Office database.”

“It’s important to both Loudr and Zebralution to ensure that publishers and songwriters are properly compensated,” says Chris Crawford, Loudr’s CEO and co-founder. “We’re pleased to support Zebralution’s commitment to compliance by supporting its extensive roster of labels with licensing, accounting, and royalty administration services.”

For more information, read the press release.

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