Society for Scholarly Publishing Awards Twelve Fellowships for 2016

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) has announced that 12 students and early-career professionals have been awarded highly competitive Fellowships for 2016. The Professional Development Committee received nearly 100 applications for these coveted positions. The Fellowship Program, an extension of the former Travel Grant Program, offers a wide range of career development and nurturing opportunities for students and early-career professionals in the scholarly communication industry. Benefits include year-round training opportunities, one-year complimentary SSP membership, free registrations to selected SSP events,

Thomson Reuters Collaborates with Indian Education Ministry to Advance the Global Impact of its Academic Research

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced a strategic partnership to provide access to its online scientific citation indexing service, Web of Science, to India’s e-Shodh Sindhu: Consortia for Higher Education Electronic Resources (ESS). Formed in 2015, ESS is an initiative of India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to provide academic institutes with access to electronic resources and promote their usage. The partnership between Thomson Reuters and e-Shodh Sindhu will provide 165 Indian universities with online access

Nature Index 2016: US is the largest contributor to high-quality scientific research papers, followed by China and Germany

The US is the world’s largest contributor to high-quality scientific research papers, followed by China and Germany, according to the Nature Index 2016 Tables. Of the top ten countries in the Nature Index, only China has shown double digit compound annual growth between 2012 and 2015 with some of its universities growing their contribution to the index as fast as 25% annually. US contributions have declined 2.8% in the same period from a very high base. The Nature Index Tables,

Follet Acquires Baker & Taylor

Follett Corporation today announced that it has acquired Baker & Taylor, LLC, the leading distributor of books, video and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide. With combined sales of $3.6 billion, the two businesses will offer librarians, patrons, educators and students unprecedented access to the best curated physical and digital content wherever learning and reading take place in the community. Follett is a top provider of technology, services and print and digital

SPARC & Johns Hopkins University Libraries Launch Resource Analyzing US Federal Data Sharing Policies

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University Libraries, is pleased to release a new resource for tracking, comparing, and understanding U.S. federal funder research data sharing policies.  This free tool, launched today, provides a detailed analysis of 16 federal agency responses to the directive issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.  Specifically, the new resource focuses on

Wolters Kluwer Health Acquires Adaptive Learning Technology Supporting PrepU Quizzing Tool

Wolters Kluwer Health announced today that it has acquired the adaptive learning technology that powers the PrepU quizzing tool for nursing education. The technology acquisition will allow Wolters Kluwer Health Learning, Research & Practice to build on its existing PrepU solution and further innovate this pioneering technology for its nursing education product suite, including licensure exam preparation for nurses in the U.S. and Canada. Since 2010, Wolters Kluwer Health has licensed the technology platform from Macmillan Learning and worked together

New Export Figures Show Global Reach of UK Publishing Industry

New figures released today by The Publishers Association show the international demand of UK published material and how educational publishing remains the powerhouse of the UK publishing industry’s export business. Total export revenues were £1.42 billion in 2015 but a combination of education, academic and ELT (English Language Training) accounted for two-thirds of this.  Over 35% of physical book exports came from Europe, with sales to the Middle East and North Africa, Asia and South America increasing.  The overall figure

London Info International 2016 announces Advisory Board

London Info International reports the advisory board of London Info International met at ExCeL last month. The board, from eight countries across Europe, Middle East and USA has decades of experience of the information industry both from a publisher and library perspective. Members are senior professionals from academic and corporate libraries together with content providers and publishing specialists. For a full list of board members please go to LII will bring together the world’s leading content providers offering solutions

New Research from Outsell Indicates Tipping Point for Information Management

Outsell, Inc., the world’s only research and advisory firm focused on media, information, and technology, today announced publication of a new report, The State of Information Management: Not a Recipe for Success. Outsell’s latest survey of information managers and libraries identifies main areas where change needs to happen for information management to thrive. Based on a survey of almost 300 information managers with budget responsibilities, the data shows that meager budget increases for 2016 will strain already flat IM budgets.

Publishing Technology becomes Ingenta

Publishing Technology has announced that it will change its name to Ingenta, with immediate effect, as part of a comprehensive rebrand and unification of its business. Already a well-established and trusted brand within the scholarly publishing arena, the Ingenta name will bring together the company’s products and services under one brand umbrella, enabling its clients to more easily realise the benefits of its complementary offerings, while giving the business a clear identity and strong personality. The rebrand exercise follows a

Steven Inchcoombe appointed Chief Publishing Officer, Springer Nature, and member of Springer Nature Board

Springer Nature today announced the appointment of Steven Inchcoombe, previously Managing Director, Nature Research Group, to the newly created role of Chief Publishing Officer, Springer Nature. He has also been appointed as a member of the Springer Nature Board. In this role, Steven will assume a broader remit within the Springer Nature research organisation than previously. Springer Nature is led by CEO, Derk Haank, previously CEO of Springer Science+Business Media. Steven Inchcoombe joins Derk, Martin Mos (Chief Operating Officer), Ulrich

New Digital Science Research Report: Global Research Impact Needs Evidential Support

Digital Science, together with an international collaboration of leading higher education professionals and policy experts, today calls for research institutions to demonstrate solid evidence of their impact on both society and the economy. As more countries hold research institutions accountable for the socioeconomic impact of research, the report gathers insight and guidance from leading professionals across the globe. The perspectives include: Dr Saba Hinrichs and Dr Jonathan Grant from King’s College London reflect on the first UK assessment of research impact with the 2014 Research Excellence