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The Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal receives the SPARC Innovator Award

Pensoft’s journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) has received the SPARC Innovator Award for June 2016. The awarding body SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a global coalition committed to promoting openness for research and education. Their bi-annual Innovator Award goes to individuals and initiatives who dare to challenge the status quo in scholarly communication. From the very start RIO was set to innovate traditional science publishing practices by opening up for publications from across the research

HighWire boosts customer performance with three key hires

Following the opening remarks by HighWire Press, Inc. CEO, Dan Filby at the Spring HighWire Publishers’ Meeting, the HighWire leadership team has been further strengthened by the appointment of three key individuals: John Doherty, Director Technical Support; Andre Kvaternik, Senior Director Professional Services; and Rob Smyth, Director of Engineering Quality Assurance. The new appointments show HighWire’s commitment to providing outstanding customer experience by delivering operational excellence and also demonstrate the long-term investment in the HighWire team by Accel-KKR and Stanford University.

Thomson Reuters Launches ProView eBook Platform in the Turkish Professional & Academic Sectors

Thomson Reuters today announced the launch in Turkey of ProView, the first eReader platform specifically built for professional and academic use. Thomson Reuters ProView is a first-of-its-kind, professional eBook platform that provides delivery and use anywhere, anytime, of specialized professional content published by Thomson Reuters and market leading publishers. It provides advanced features such as full-text search, secured notes and highlights, content sharing capabilities, and content updating. ProView leverages Thomson Reuters best-in-class content from across its global markets, as well

ORCID identifiers now live in the Research Councils’ grants system (Je-S)

Researchers can now create or connect their ORCID identifier (ORCID iD) in the Research Councils’ grants system (Je-S) by logging in to their personal information page. This is an important first step towards improving the flow of research information across the higher education sector. ORCID offers a platform for researchers to capture their scholarly activities throughout their careers even if they change name, publish under different variations of their name, move institutions, or switch fields. This helps them get exposure

SSP & Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination to “write the book” on the future of scholarly publishing in 72 hour sprint

Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Science and the Imagination is bringing together a team of science fiction authors, scholars, digital publishers, journalists, and technologists to write a book on the fly in 72 hours at the 2016 Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting. Using a suite of col­lab­o­ra­tive tech­nol­ogies, par­tic­i­pants will quickly write, edit, assem­ble and pub­lish a multimedia anthol­ogy explor­ing publishing topics through a series of “sprints” that take place in real time at the meeting. Attendees will

SSRN a leading social science and humanities repository and online community joins Elsevier

Elsevier’s acquisition of the Social Science Research Network, with plans to strengthen it alongside Mendeley’s technology platform, marks a significant advancement for each community of users. When Elsevier acquired Mendeley three years ago, many people wondered how well it would work out — including our team at the Social Science Research Network. SSRN has similarities to Mendeley, and many differences, but we share a common vision of improving researchers’ lives, and doing that together within Elsevier makes complete sense. Mendeley

HighWire Press Welcomes Tracy Capaldi-Drewett as new VP, EMEA Sales and Global Marketing

HighWire Press, Inc., the leading technology platform and strategic partner to influential scholarly publishers and societies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracy Capaldi-Drewett as Vice President, EMEA Sales and Global Marketing, a newly created position on its executive team. In this new position, Capaldi-Drewett will lead business development and sales in Europe, extending HighWire’s commitment to serve the European market and publishers worldwide. Capaldi-Drewett will also lead the strategic development of HighWire’s global marketing programs to support customer,

Wiley appoints William Pence to its Board of Directors

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced the appointment of William Pence, Global Chief Technology Officer at AOL, to its Board of Directors, effective May 1, 2016. With more than 25 years of experience, William Pence is an accomplished leader in the digital technology industry. Currently appointed as Global Chief Technology Officer at AOL, William leads all aspects of AOL’s global technology strategy, platform development and external technology partnerships, as well as plays a key leadership role in the overall strategy

Taylor & Francis Group launch TandFChina.com: its online hub for Chinese customers and partners

Launching today, TandFChina.com is Taylor & Francis’ online hub for the scholarly community in China. It offers key resources for authors, researchers, journal editors, research librarians and learned societies in Mandarin, as well as being a gateway to all Taylor & Francis content, both books and journals and from all imprints (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, CRC Press and Garland Science). More than 70,000 China-based researchers published in Taylor & Francis journals in 2015, almost five times the figure in 2010,

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,