News & Announcements 6/6/14

by | Jun 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Output Drops at PLOS ONEApple Socked for Antitrust Acts in 2 Rulings; NIH Presses Journals to Focus on Reproducibility of Studies; Connecticut to Build a Statewide Ebook Delivery Platform; Academic publication CQ Researcher wins top journalism award; a EBSCO and Infotrieve partnership; HathiTrust Research Center announces alpha release of extracted features dataset; Visualize impact with the Plum Print from Plum Analytics; and American Lawyer publisher sold back to Wasserstein. 

Citing a piece in Scholarly Kitchen of Science News reports that “the number of papers published by the world’s largest open-access journal, PLOS ONE, has plummeted over the past few months after rising fairly steadily for years, notes a scholarly publishing blogger. Phil Davis suggests the closely watched PLOS ONE may have become a less attractive option for scientists as its impact factor has fallen and other open-access publishers have come on the scene…

According to the Courthouse News Services “Apple’s “reprehensibility” in an e-book price-fixing scheme justifies assigning it both state and federal liability, a federal judge said today, while also advancing claims that antitrust violations harmed a nascent business…

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “A group of leading medical-journal editors, convened by the National Institutes of Health, this week endorsed a set of guidelines intended to tackle the widespread problem of scientific findings that cannot be replicated…”

ebooks - - by Tina FranklinAccording to American Libraries Connecticut Governor Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law PA 14-82 that “authorizes the State Library to create and maintain a state platform for the distribution of electronic books (ebooks) to public library patrons,” according to a press release. The law goes into effect July 1…”

Citing a press release Eurekalert notes that “CQ Researcher contributing writer Frank Greve was honored yesterday with the 2014 John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting on the media industry, presented by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University…

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Infotrieve Inc. have partnered to allow EBSCO Discoverymutual customers to combine their search, content access, rights management and document delivery in one platform. Customers will now be able to use Infotrieve’s Mobile Library™ as their e-content access and management platform while using the powerful search and extensive metadata from EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS)…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) has announced the alpha release of a new dataset, consisting of page-level features extracted from a quarter-million text volumes.

Features are data attributes defined in such a way that they can be identified by a computer and analysed at scale.

metricsLibrary Technology Guides reports that “Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company, introduces a new way to visualize research impact. The Plum Print will take the data available in Plum Analytics’ product PlumX and visually illustrate the impact of a given artifact – an article, presentation, or other types of research, making it easy to see valuable information in one place. The Plum Print is comprised of five circles representing each of the five categories of metrics that are tracked in PlumX: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations.

According to this report in Reuters “American Lawyer publisher ALM Media, which was once controlled by Bruce Wasserstein, has been sold to the late Wall Street dealmaker’s investment firm Wasserstein & Co, the companies said in a statement.  Financial details of the deal were not publicly disclosed. The New York Times reported the acquisition price was around $417 million, citing a source briefed on the matter…”


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