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September 4, 2008 — 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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First Open Access Day to be Held Oct. 14

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition;, the Public Library of Science (PLoS;, and Students for FreeCulture ( have jointly announced the first international Open Access Day. Building on the worldwide momentum toward Open Access to publicly funded research, Open Access Day is designed to create a key opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the opportunities of wider access and use of content.

Open Access Day will invite researchers, educators, librarians, students, and the public to participate in live, worldwide broadcasts of events. In North America, events will be held at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time) and 7:00 p.m. (Pacific time) and feature appearances from the following: 

  • Sir Richard Roberts, Ph.D., F.R.S.—Joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993 for discovering split genes and RNA splicing, one of 26 Nobel Prize winners to sign the Open Letter to U.S. Congress in support of taxpayer access to publicly funded research, and currently at New England Biolabs (7 p.m. Eastern time) 
  • Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D.—Founding editor in chief of PLoS Computational Biology and the author of the popular PLoS Computational Biology Ten Simple Rules series. He is professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California–San Diego, associate director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank, senior advisor to the San Diego Supercomputer Center, an adjunct professor at the Burnham Institute, and co-founder of SciVee (7 p.m. Pacific time)

Librarians and student organizers are invited to host meetings around the broadcast. To see a list of participating campuses and to sign up, visit the Open Access Day website at Additional international events will be announced shortly. The event will also mark the launch of the new Voices of Open Access Video Series. Key members of the research community, including a teacher, librarian, researcher, student, patient advocate, and a funder, will speak on why they are committed to Open Access.

Source: SPARC

Professional Engineering Publishing Launches Engineering Conferences Online

Professional Engineering Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (, has launched Engineering Conferences Online (ECO), a new online publishing service for conference organizers. ECO ( provides conference organizers with a new way of disseminating important engineering research that would normally be very difficult or impossible to locate in traditional book or CD formats. Papers in ECO will usually be available free of charge on an open access basis and will be fully referenced using DOIs.

ECO has been designed specifically to meet the demands of hosting conference proceedings online. Conferences on ECO feature further information about each conference including links to the conference website, event location, and event date. For the purposes of ECO a new website architecture has been created to ensure that the service was designed specifically for conferences rather than replicating the structure of an electronic journal. ECO plans to forge new partnerships with conference organizers that will give their content a much wider readership in the future.

Source: Professional Engineering Publishing

Thomson Reuters Releases Reference Manager 12 for Windows

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters ( announced the release of a major upgrade to Reference Manager for Windows, its bibliographic citation management software that has a true multiuser network version. Reference Manager also provides a tool for publishing Reference Manager databases on the web or to an intranet. Reference Manager 12 delivers expanded file management, Cite While You Write integration with Microsoft Word 2007, and enhancements to Web Publisher that simplify collaboration.

New features include the following: 

  • Link PDFs and other files to a reference and store with your Reference Manager database for easy organization 
  • Cite While You Write with a Reference Manager tab on the Microsoft Word 2007 ribbon—immediate access to frequently used commands 
  • Collaborate with colleagues using the enhanced Web Publisher-share databases over the web or an intranet 
  • Use new reference types—Edited Book, Online Source, and Grant—and new fields in many reference types, including the NIH required PMCID

With Reference Manager, authors can save time by exporting references directly from online resources such as ISI Web of Knowledge SM. Manuscripts formatted by Reference Manager can be submitted easily for publications using Manuscript Central, an online manuscript and peer review system for scholarly publishers from ScholarOne (, a Thomson Reuters Business.

For Reference Manager 12 pricing and availability visit

Source: Thomson Reuters

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