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EBSCO Releases New Ebook Subject Sets
EBSCO Information Services added 28 new subject sets to its collection of prepackaged ebook sets for libraries looking to begin or expand their collections.
These sets increase key collection areas with topics such as the arts and humanities, business, history, and medical science and technology. New subject sets include natural and alternative medicine, hospitality and tourism, American contemporary issues, media and communication studies, and energy and green technology.
Ebook titles do not overlap across sets or from year to year. All subject sets offer ebooks published within the past 2 years.
Source: EBSCO Information Services
Wiley Introduces the Anywhere Article
Wiley recently launched the Anywhere Article, an enhanced HTML reading experience that emphasizes readability, interaction, and portability for users, across participating journal articles in the Wiley Online Library collection of multidisciplinary resources.
In response to user testing and feedback, Wiley introduced the Anywhere Article as an interactive and portable alternative to flat HTML or PDF articles for viewing and downloading. The Anywhere Article adjusts to different screen sizes, whether users are on smartphones, tablets, or desktops, and resizes an article’s content and functionality to match each device. This makes the most relevant information and data on each page easily accessible. An interactive sidebar provides citations, and a figure viewer enables browsing of all an article’s figures and navigating directly to any figure while reading.
“The communities we serve are as diverse as the research we publish and the Anywhere Article reflects that, because research is no longer restricted to the laboratory or the university library; portability must be an essential component of the user experience,” says Philip Carpenter, VP and managing director of Wiley’s research communications.
Wiley invites users to offer feedback and plans to add additional features to the Anywhere Article over the coming months.
dinCloud Announces Updated Virtual Desktop
dinCloud, which helps organizations migrate their information technology (IT) infrastructure to the cloud, released webHVD, its latest generation of hosted virtual desktop.
webHVD, powered by HTML5, runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook operating systems as an extension for Google Chrome and is secure, fast, and easy to deploy. A virtual private data center manages user authentication, while the desktop-as-a-service features include software-defined networking, virtualized storage, and computing power. It is the only virtual desktop that can surf Netflix.
“dinCloud’s webHVD is a game changing architecture as it opens up new options for businesses to realize the benefits of mobile technology, while also reducing local costs,” says Darin Schoumaker, president and CEO of Managed Net Technology Solutions.
HighWire Usage Reports Are Now COUNTER 4-Compliant
Institutional usage reports for hosted publications on the HighWire Press platform now include data complying with Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources. New COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) metrics include time-period usage, institutional archive access, journal DOIs (digital object identifiers), and proprietary identifiers.
“With this release, HighWire has developed five new COUNTER reports, upgraded seven of our existing reports, updated various user interfaces, and redesigned our data architecture,” says John Sack, HighWire’s founding director and COUNTER international advisory board member. “The revised information and format makes it easier for librarians and publishers to better understand how scholarly materials are being used online.”
The five new COUNTER reports include data on the number of successful gold open access (OA) full-text article requests, access denied to full-text articles and content items, and total searches. HighWire also enhanced the performance and layout of its usage reporting tools.
Source: HighWire Press
Ex Libris Group Rolls Out Primo 4.5
Ex Libris Group launched version 4.5 of its Primo discovery and delivery solution. Primo 4.5 offers enhanced searching (e.g., relevance ranking improvements and a virtual bookshelf feature), performance upgrades such as faster data ingestion and indexing, and new features for librarians. Library users gain a greater security level for communication with the ALEPH ILS, easier maintenance of user data, redesigned usage reports, and other developments.
Source: Ex Libris Group
UKSG's Official Journal Goes OA
The UKSG organization for scholarly communication announced that its electronic-only journal Insights is now platinum open access (OA), meaning authors will not be required to pay article-processing charges (APCs). Starting with volume 27, number 1 (March 2014), all forthcoming as well as back issues will be fully OA.
Insights, which is published three times a year, contains articles by librarians, publishers, vendors, and industry experts who discuss the global knowledge community. It also features conference reviews and editorial comment and features.
“Many pieces of research have demonstrated that open access articles receive around 50% more full text accesses and PDF downloads than subscription access articles, and that they are cited earlier and more often than non-OA articles,” says Steve Sharp, Insights’ co-editor. “With Insights content indexed in Scopus, we anticipate that a move to open access will herald an upsurge in interest.”
Wiley and Kudos Help Authors Promote Their Work
Wiley partnered with Kudos to help authors maximize the impact of their articles. Beginning in April 2014, Kudos will offer its platform for free across a representative trial of Global Research portfolio articles, allowing authors to use Kudos’ focus on social media to engage readers by adding article profiles that will include short titles, summaries, impact statements, and related multimedia content. Authors will also be able to compare their metrics with their peers’ data.
“The research process today does not end with online publication; rather that is the starting point for authors in explaining and sharing their articles, particularly using social media to ensure that their published work is at the forefront of the debate within their community,” says Philip Carpenter, VP and managing director of Wiley’s research communications. “This partnership will see Kudos providing essential guidance, supported by measurable results, for Wiley’s authors and society partners.”
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