News & Announcements 12/13/12

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Today news: Editorial System Hacked at Elsevier; a document delivery report from Outsell; a new reader for PubMed Central; German publishers added by Serial Solutions; more book and journal publishers sign with Portico; additional enhancements for the MLA; and a French Research Institute selects OCLC.

 Elsevier Editorial System Hacked, Reviews Faked, 11 Retractions Follow

Quoting from Retraction Watch, InfoDOCKET reports: “For several months now, we’ve been reporting on variations on a theme: Authors submitting fake email addresses for potential peer reviewers, to ensure positive reviews. In August, for example, we broke the story of a Hyung-In Moon, who has now retracted 24 papers published by Informa because he managed to do his own peer review.

Now, Retraction Watch has learned that the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) was hacked sometime last month, leading to faked peer reviews and retractions — although the submitting authors don’t seem to have been at fault. As of now, eleven papers by authors in China, India, Iran, and Turkey have been retracted from three journals…”

Document Delivery: Best Practices and Vendor Scorecard

Outsell a media, information and technology analyst and research advisory firm has released a new 29 page study entitled Document Delivery: Best Practices and Vendor Scorecard.   This report updates the 2008 version that also focused on the document delivery landscape.  In addition to a narrative analysis Outsell provides a  vendor scorecard “created using results from a September 2012 survey, which drew 156 respondents: 68% from the corporate sector, 14% from government, 13% from education, and 5% from healthcare.”  Overall satisfaction ratings were computed with Reprints Desk leading the pack  followed by British Library, FIZ AutoDoc, Linda Hall Library, and The Research Investment.

(This press release from Reprints Desk provides additional information.)

Information Today reports that “the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) developed a new presentation style called PubReader, an easier way to use your web browser to read articles in PubMed Central on your desktop, laptop, or tablet computer. Like a printed paper, PubReader breaks an article into multiple columns and pages to improve readability and navigation. PubReader can expand a page to whatever fits on your screen, with multiple columns on a desktop monitor or a single column page on a small tablet. It will even switch to two columns if you rotate the tablet to a landscape view. When you adjust the font size or change the size of the browser window, page boundaries and columns are adjusted automatically…”

 Serials Solutions Summon Service Expands Discovery of Content from Five German Publishers

“Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is working with several eminent German publishers to index their scholarly content in the Summon discovery service. This German-language content is among the most widely subscribed to by academic institutions in Germany, as well as many libraries worldwide, and includes resources covering law, life sciences and the humanities…”

Three new publishers join Portico’s e-book service

No Shelf Required reports that Portico has announced that “the following publishers are now preserving their e-books with Portico:

The Portico archive is certified as a “trustworthy digital repository” by the Center for Research Libraries; more than 14,000 e-journals, nearly 170,000 e-books, and 55 d-collections have been entrusted to it. For a complete list of Portico-related facts and figures, please visit Portico Archive Facts & Figures.”

We have also learned that Digital Science Press and SLACK Incorporated are now preserving their e-journals with Portico.

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCOhost) enhancements …

EBSCO has announced “that product enhancements for MLA International Bibliography have recently been released.

The enhancements include:

  • Book reviews added within book citation records.
  • Listing active/non-active status of websites, along with the URL.
  • Addition of two new document types: Edition, and Translation.  Both are included in the Document Type limiter and Index Browse.

The MLA will also be adding references to select citation records. EBSCO expects to release this feature in February 2013.

 French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (Ifremer) selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services and WorldCat Local

“La Pérouse Library of Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea, has chosen OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new library management solution and WorldCat Local as its integrated discovery service. Preparations for implementation of both services at Ifremer are already under way…”




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