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unpacking_booksEdanz releases new white paper entitled Innovating the Authorship Experience; IFLA Report: Library Ebook Lending Worldwide Lags Behind U.S.; Judge approves Apple e-books price-fixing settlement; It’s Official – the Sony Reader is Kaputt; NLM Updates MEDLINE Indexing Requirements for Electronic Journals…;  The Signpost Asks, “How Many More Hoaxes Will Wikipedia Find?; Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials; San Jose State School of Library and Information Science is Now the SJSU Information Program; CAS announces 2014 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry; and 2014 JCR, including Journal Impact Factors and the Essential Science Indicators, now available within Thomson Reuters InCites


Edanz just announced the publication of a new white paper, Innovating the Authorship Experience. The paper is the result of extensive research, multiple surveys, and years of field experience examining the difficulties that ESL (English as a second language) authors face when trying to publish their results in peer-reviewed journals. The paper also outlines suggestions to help publishers achieve the following:

  • Positive and sustainable relationships with authors
  • Enhanced branding and reputation
  • Initial manuscript submissions that are higher quality
  • A more efficient peer review

DBW notes that “major publishers have widened U.S. libraries’ access to their catalogs in recent months, but as a new background paper from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) asserts, that isn’t happening everywhere around the world…”


MacWorld reports that “Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday approved the deal that would have Apple paying $400 million to affected ebook buyers and $50 million in attorneys fees in a class-action lawsuit, but only if Apple’s appeal of a 2013 price-fixing ruling by the New York court is rejected…”


According to Digital ReaderSony has confirmed today that they will not be making another ebook reader – not even for their sole remaining market in Japan.

There will be no PRS-T4, and lesen.net reports that the remaining stock of the Sony Reader PRS-T3 will be sold until it runs out…”


InfoDOCKET reports that “the NLM MEDLINE Policy on Indexing Electronic Journals has been revised as of July 21, 2014. This policy concerns electronic journals that are indexed in the MEDLINE/PubMed database.

There are three required conditions that electronic-only journals must meet in order for the journal to be indexed in MEDLINE…”


Citing Signpost the weekly newsletter covering Wikipedia and Wikimedia, InfoDOCKET also reports that “another hoax on the English Wikipedia was uncovered this week—not by any thorough investigation, but through the self-disclosure of an anonymous change made when the editors were in their sophomore year of college. The deliberate misinformation had been in the article for over five years with plenty of individuals noticing, but not one suspected its authenticity. This leads to one obvious question: how many more are there?…”


Digital Shift reports that “the Missouri State Legislature introduced two related bills aimed to update its existing privacy laws to include records for materials including ebooks, electronic documents, streaming video, music, and downloadable audiobooks, as well as the use of using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon approved one of the bills, which will go into effect on August 28, while rejecting the other…”


InfoDOCKET also notes that “as of August 1, 2014, the SJSU School of Library and Information Science will be known as the SJSU School of Information

While the school’s name is changing (the word library has been removed) the names of graduate degrees offered by the school are not changing. The SJSU School of Information continues to offer a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and a Master’s degree in Archives and Records Administration (MARA)…”


According to KnowledgeSpeak “Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), … has announced the 2014 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry program participants. The 18 participants, a diverse group of international scientists, have the exclusive opportunity this August to share their research experience and knowledge and to take part in one of the most respected scientific meetings in the world…”


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters marked a first for the scientific community with the release of its enhanced research analytics solution, InCites, an integrated web-based platform for measuring research output and impact, monitoring trends, and benchmarking articles, journals, institutions, and people, allowing for greater accuracy in assessing global influence and better decision making. The Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and Essential Science Indicators (ESI),… have been integrated into and are now available within InCites for seamless connection across the platform.

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