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 its online hub for Chinese customers and partners

Launching today, 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,

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