mediaDOAJ introduces new standards to help community address quality concerns; Publisher Revenues Up 4.9% in 2014, AAP; Wellcome Trust 2015 Book Prize Shortlist Revealed; ; A Brief Profile of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) & Videos From Recent Plenary Meeting Now Online; IFLA Publishes “Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia…; Elsevier announces second edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences; CABI integrates IT and Publishing to create new Knowledge Business; Copyright Clearance Center Adds New Publishers to Get It Now; and Panacea Pharma Projects adopts Article Galaxy Widget from Reprints Desk for improved pharmacovigilance literature access

SPARC recently announced that the “Directory of Open Access Journals has “implemented a rigorous new vetting process that aims to raise the bar of quality for the journals it lists and filters out publications that are tarnishing the image of Open Access.

Lars Bjørnshauge, Managing Director of the DOAJ in Copenhagen and director of SPARC Europe, helped to spearhead the expanded review process, which began in March of 2014. The application that must be approved to get into the directory now includes about 50 questions rather than just seven…”

GalleyCat reports that “net revenues across aggregated publishers was up 4.9 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, reaching $15.7 billion as compared to $15 billion in 2013.

These figures include sales from Trade (fiction/non-fiction), K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials and University Presses. The trade category alone saw revenues hit $7.2 billion, a 3.8 percent increase over the $6.9 billion revenues earned in 2013…”

InfoDOCKET citing the National Science Foundation reports on the activities of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and their effort to remove “the barriers to data sharing and raising awareness of those challenges among regions, disciplines, and professions.”  Especially noted are the RDA’s Data Type Registries which “make it easier to create machine-readable and researcher-accessible data by designing an archive of common data structures that researchers can turn to when deciding how to organize their data…

Read the Complete Profile. See Also: The RDA 5th Plenary Meeting took place a few days ago in San Diego. Videos of presentations are available here.

According to InfoDOCKET IFLA has released revised and updated “Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia – that aim to offer guidance to IFLA professional units and all its members worldwide on developing and implementing library services for persons with dyslexia.

These guidelines are both a revision and an expansion of the previous Guidelines published by IFLA in 2001 as Professional Report No. 70…”

international encyAccording to KnowledgeSpeakElsevier has announced the forthcoming publication of the second edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Dr. James Wright. More than 3900 chapters comprising all areas of the social and behavioural sciences offer thorough explanations of the interactions among the disciplines covered. The encyclopaedia will publish later this month…

The 26 volumes in the new edition include chapters on rapidly evolving subjects, such as psychology, neurology, evolution, artificial intelligence and human/computer interaction. The content is relevant for university and research libraries worldwide, especially those with collections in the social sciences…”

Also according to GalleyCat “the Wellcome Book Prize shortlist has been revealed. Bill Bryson, The Chair of Judges, revealed the nominees which were selected but a committee of experts from the worlds of science, literature, academia and media.

Six books, including both fiction and nonfiction, were chosen for their ability to “engage with some aspect of medicine, health or illness.” This year’s shortlist includes two novels and four non-fiction books. We’ve got the list after the jump…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “global academic publisher, CABI, has integrated IT and Publishing to create a new Knowledge Business. The strategic focus on delivering knowledge solutions into all CABI’s markets will help the organisation achieve greater scale and impact. Andrea Powell, who has headed CABI’s Publishing team for 10 years, has been appointed head of Knowledge Business in the newly created role of Chief Information Officer…

Resource Shelf reports that Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), has added four high-value publishers to its award-winning Get It Now article delivery service. Additionally, Get It Now was selected as a 2014 Top Product by readers of University Business magazine for the second year in a row.

The new publishers are the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), De Gruyter, HMP Communications, and Scrivener Publishing.

And lastly, KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Reprints Desk, Inc., a Research Solutions company, has announced that Panacea Pharma Projects, an outsourced pharmacovigilance and regulatory affairs supplier, will adopt the company’s Article Galaxy Widget. Article Galaxy Widget is a time-saving tool that provides web browser access to scientific, technology and medical (STM) research articles indexed by more than 50 popular search sites and discovery databases, like Google Scholar, PubMed, ResearchGATE, Web of Science and Scopus, as well as numerous publisher websites…”