News & Announcements 1/27/14

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Palgrave Macmillan launches open peer review trial for book proposal; BISG announces industry’s 1st comprehensive digital content subscription research study; The Debut of Several New Products From BiblioBoardGoogle buys artificial intelligence company DeepMind; NIH Takes Steps to Improve Reproducibility; and a Tennessee Public Library launches publishing program with IngramSpark platform. reports that “an open and transparent peer review trial for academic books in the humanities and social sciences has been launched today by Palgrave Macmillan. The trial, which is live at, will run for six weeks and is the first open peer review trial for book proposals. Academics from all disciplines, in all locations and at all stages in their career are encouraged to take part. It will include seven monograph proposals, one edited collection, and one proposal for a Palgrave Pivot, the mid-length ebook format from Palgrave Macmillan…”

Citing  BISG website  INFOdocket notes that  “BISG has contracted with Ted Hill of THA Consulting working with Emilie Delquie of Publishers Communications Group (PCG), a division of Publishing Technology, to conduct a research study to identify the various business models employed by US-based digital content subscription services. This research will provide a clear picture of how content producers and others in the publishing value chain are reacting to these new forces in the marketplace…”

pub_prof_bibliolabs_logoThe Debut of Several New Products From BiblioBoard; Company Signed 370 New Publishing Partners to Platform During Q4, 2013

INFOdocket also provides a roundup of a fairly extensive press release from Bibliolabs in which the company announced  “the signing of over 370 additional publishers to its BiblioBoard platform in the last quarter of 2013. This expands BiblioBoard’s digital content by over 125,000 recently published eBooks in addition to tens of thousands of thematically curated photos, documents, sounds, videos and other ephemera already offered by the award-winning platform…”  (You can read the full text of the news release here.)

PCWorld reports that “Google has acquired DeepMind Technologies, an artificial intelligence company in London, reportedly for $400 million.  A Google representative confirmed the deal Sunday via email, but said the company’s isn’t providing any additional information at this time. News website Re/code said in a report on Sunday that Google was paying $400 million for the company, founded by games prodigy and neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman…”

According to ScienceInsider “For the last few years, concerns have been growing in the biomedical research community that many animal studies can’t be reproduced in other labs… NIH Director Francis Collins and Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak write that “the checks and balances that once ensured scientific fidelity have been hobbled.” They blame several factors: poor training, an emphasis on provocative conclusions in papers, a dearth of experimental details, and an overemphasis on publications in high-impact journals…

No Shelf Required reports that “the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin, Tennessee has launched an innovative publishing program using IngramSpark®, Ingram’s comprehensive print and digital independent publisher platform… The IngramSpark platform that was developed for independent publishers connects to Ingram’s comprehensive print-on-demand and e-book technologies.  Through the platform, libraries can easily launch publishing programs, and can set up and distribute print books and e-books simultaneously at minimal cost. The platform also provides worldwide access to leaders in online and traditional bookselling.  

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