News & Announcements 7/15/16

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Scholarly_publishing_word_cloud*Web of Science Sold for More Than $3 Billion;    *NASIG Conference Proceedings now Open Access;   *ACRL Issues Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians;   *Choice Supports Its Recent Choice Reviews Launch with Digital Instruction;    *SocArXiv, a New Open Social Science Archive Announces Development Plans;   *NLM, NCBI Announce MEDLINE/PubMed Production Improvements Underway;   *The Johns Hopkins University receives major grant to develop and deploy a platform to host OA monographs on Project MUSE;   *Investing in academic excellence does lead to research impact, says new HEFCE report;   *2015 U.S. Book Publishing Revenue Flat; Print Sales Rise as Ebook Sales Decline;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The Scientist reports that “the science-literature citation index, Web of Science, is going to private-equity firms as part of a $3.55 billion dollar deal, struck by Thomson Reuters, the company that has owned and maintained the resource since its inception in 1997. The multibillion dollar transaction is part of Thomson Reuters’ divestiture of its intellectual property and science division, which includes the sprawling Web of Science database…”

See also: Thomson Reuters Announces Definitive Agreement to Sell its Intellectual Property & Science Business to Onex and Baring Asia for $3.55 billion.

NASIG is pleased to announce that the past volumes of the Conference Proceedings in Serials Librarian are now available by open access on the Taylor & Francis website. Future issues of the Conference Proceedings will also be available by open access after a six-month embargo.

NASIG worked closely with Taylor & Francis to bring about this change. We support open access publishing and are excited to be making this step.

To access the Conference Proceedings issues, please visit this site

ACRL Insider reports that a “the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce its new Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, which reads:

Scholarship by academic librarians advances the fields of library and information science, influences practices of aligned professions, and informs effective advocacy. In support of broad and timely dissemination of library and information science scholarship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) encourages academic librarians to publish in open access journals. When academic librarians choose to publish in subscription-based journals, ACRL recommends a standard practice of depositing the final accepted manuscript in a repository to make that version openly accessible…”

Choice announced the launch of Choice Reviews, a completely redesigned version of its digital database, built to respond directly to the many suggestions received from subscribers. The new Choice Reviews ( features advanced technology that makes librarians faster and better at what they have been doing for centuries: identifying the best sources…  Choice is providing the instructional videos…  A free, live webinar will be presented on Thursday, July 14, 2p.m. Eastern, entitled “Starting with Better Options: How to Make the Most of Choice Reviews.”

infoDOCKET reports that “SocArXiv announces a partnership with the Center for Open Science to develop a free, open access, open source archive for social science research. The initiative responds to growing recognition of the need for faster, open sharing of research on a truly open access platform for the social sciences. Papers on SocArXiv will be permanently available and free to the public…”

Also according to infoDOCKET  “the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the Division of Library Operations (LO) and the Office of Computer and Communications Systems (OCCS) are moving toward a new model for managing journal citation data in PubMed.

Beginning in the fall of 2016, NLM will provide publishers with access to the PubMed Data Management System (PMDM) for direct publisher editing of citations…”

KnowledgeSpeak notes that ” The Johns Hopkins University has been awarded a two-year $938,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop and deploy MUSE Open in Project MUSE, a unit of The Johns Hopkins University Press. This is one in a series of grants issued by the Mellon Foundation that support US university presses’ ability to edit, produce, market, disseminate, and discover long-form digital publications in the humanities.

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “A report for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) by Digital Science reveals that the scholarly significance of research underpins its societal impact. The report titled ‘Publication patterns in research underpinning impact in REF 2014‘ is the first report to analyse all research publications submitted for research assessment between 1988 and 2014…”

According to Book Business “yesterday the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its annual Statshot report for 2015, tracking the net revenue of the U.S. book market. While overall publishing revenue remained flat, decreasing 0.6% from 2014 to $27.78 billion, the AAP painted a positive picture of the year-end results. Sales of print formats, particularly in trade publishing, increased, while ebook sales declined…”

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