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Independent Scholarly Publishers Group Journals Come to India

PCG (Publishers Communication Group) signed an agreement to represent the Independent Scholarly Publishers Group’s (ISPG) journal collections to the Indian subcontinent effective in January 2014.

PCG provides sales and marketing consulting services to the U.S., Europe, India, China, and Latin America. According to the terms of the agreement with ISPG, PCG will help libraries and researchers in India access ISPG’s 40 journals from 17 publishers.

“In addition to our current work in Europe, we’re looking forward to now representing the cutting-edge resources from the Independent Scholarly Publishers Group to our network in India,” says Doug Wright, director of PCG and international business development.  

Libraries may now choose titles from ISPG’s complete collection, life sciences collection, and medical collection. ISPG journals are all hosted on HighWire.

Source: PCG

EBSCO Discovery Service Integrates Full-Text Patents

EBSCO Information Services added content from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Now patent attorneys, patent agents, and other intellectual property professionals can access patent information in EDS.

The USPTO, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, provided EDS with its Patent Full-Text and Image Database, which offers the full text of patents issued since 1976 and PDF files of patents issued since 1790, and its Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database.

Earlier in 2013, EBSCO released Non-Patent Prior Art Source, another resource for patent researchers, to help users with the patent approval process by providing a single access point to its nonpatent literature repository.

Source: EBSCO Information Services

Newsweek Resumes Print Publication

Newsweek magazine, which stopped publishing print issues last year, will be available in print again beginning in January or February 2014 according to The New York Times.

The magazine plans to publish a 64-page, weekly edition that will have subscribers, rather than advertisers, as the main source of revenue.

“It’s going to be a more subscription-based model, closer to what The Economist is compared to what Time magazine is,” Jim Impoco, Newsweek’s editor-in-chief, tells The New York Times. “We see it as a premium product, a boutique product.”

Impoco became editor-in-chief in September 2013. He plans to expand the magazine’s international coverage and rebuild its circulation to 100,000 subscribers within 1 year.

Newsweek has not yet made a formal announcement, and its subscription page continues to feature digital-only editions.

Source: The New York Times

Palgrave Macmillan Takes New Step Toward OA

Palgrave Macmillan joined the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), a trade organization that represents the interests of global open access (OA) journal publishers in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines.

OASPA enables exchanging information; setting standards; advancing models, advocacy, and education; and promoting innovation.

Palgrave Macmillan published Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850–2000, its first OA monograph, in November 2013. Its journals have had an OA option since 2011, and the Palgrave Pivot program has had an OA option since January 2013.

“We know the demand [for OA] is there, because over two thirds of our academics across all HSS [humanities and social sciences] disciplines said that they thought open access would benefit their specific field,” according to Carrie Calder, director of market development at Palgrave Macmillan. “Needless to say, there is still much more experimentation to be done.”

OASPA developed separate membership criteria for OA books, allowing Palgrave Macmillan to become a member. “OASPA hopes that this will add to the momentum of creative commons licensing uptake for open access books on a broader scale, as is already well established for open access journals, and that Palgrave Macmillan will help to lead the way for more OA book publishers to follow suit,” says Paul Peters, OASPA’s president.

Source: Palgrave Macmillan

Three Library Associations Shut Down

The Communications Group announced the end of its association management division, which manages three national library associations: the Association of Library Communications & Outreach Professionals (ALCOP), the Association of Library Financial Management Officers (ALFMO), and the Library Human Resource Management Association (LHRMA).

According to an email from Bob Kieserman, chief creative officer of The Communications Group, these associations disbanded on Dec. 2, but their conferences will continue to take place.

The Communications Group’s Library Management Institute will also continue to host its own annual conference as well as regional 1-day seminars/workshops across the country on library management topics.

Source: The Communications Group

Archive Sheds Light on Chinese, American, and Pacific Relationships

Adam Matthew introduced China, America and the Pacific, a multilibrary archive that aggregates English-language primary sources on the trading and cultural relationships among those regions from 1700 to 1900.

The Massachusetts Historical Society, the Phillips Library Reading Room at PEM (Peabody Essex Museum), and 10 other international institutions offered their content, which ranges from ships’ logbooks to manuscripts and historic maps. Key themes in the collection include migration and immigration, trade and commerce, and exploration and discovery.

The archive also includes an interactive chronology, contextual essays, and image galleries. Axis Maps helped create interactive maps of Pacific exploratory, trading, and whaling voyages from primary sources. Users can track the progress of ships’ voyages in real time and explore port cities.

Source: Adam Matthew

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