Wolters Kluwer expands agreement with NEJM; Rogue sites violate copyright; OCLC/ALISE research grants; University Presses and access to research legislation; Bilbary gets the attention of COSLA taskforce; EBSCO Discovery adds China/Asia on demand content; and some ALPSP seminar presentations.
“Wolters Kluwer Health today announced it has entered into an expanded distribution agreement with the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)… Under the terms of the agreement, Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, will be the only medical research aggregator to distribute current, non-embargoed NEJM content to institutions and their clinicians, researchers and students…”
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, two Irish Web sites; www.library.nu and www.ifile have been shut down. Purportedly, these sites have earned millions of dollars by illegally publishing copyrighted materials including “more than 400,000 pirated books.” (For more information see PaidContent article Book Publishers Force Down Piracy Sites (Updated))
“OCLC Research and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) have awarded research grants to Abdulhussain Mahdi and Arash Joorabchi of the University of Limerick, Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan of Simmons College, and Carolyn Hank of McGill University and Cassidy Sugimoto of Indiana University Bloomington. The awards were presented January 19 at the ALISE 2012 Annual Conference Awards Reception in Dallas, Texas.”
Another article in the Chronicle reports that “the Association of American University Presses does not support the proposed Research Works Act… But it also does not support an opposing bill, the Federal Research Public Access Act, which would require public access to the results of federally financed research no later than six months after publication. The other bill would prevent federal agencies from imposing such mandates…”
“Bilbary is preparing for a soft launch of its ebook platform in early March, and four state librarians who constitute the ebook task force of… COSLA are at least curious about its potential.” While Bilbary does not sell ebooks to libraries, interested libraries would be given the option to “partner with Bilbary” and then be provided “a branded page (no catalog integration) through which patrons can opt to buy, and the library would then receive a percentage of the sale…”
This post provides links to presentations made at an ALPSP event held on 9th Febuary 2012 exploring how scholarly publishers could successfully implement digital publishing strategies.