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2016 SSP Early Career Professional Survey results to be detailed at Annual Meeting
- 31 May 2016

The SSP Early Career Task Force will release the results of their February survey aimed at early career professionals in the scholarly communication industry at the 2016 Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting, being held June 1-3 in Vancouver, BC.

The session, 'Sharing the Future Voices of Scholarly Publishing: Results from the 2016 SSP Early Career Professional Survey' is scheduled for June 3 at 10:30 a.m. during Concurrent 4D. The session will feature commentary and analysis of the survey results, guided by a panel of early career professionals, managers, and mentors.

The session will be moderated by Emma Brink and Matt Cooper, both from Wiley. Panelists include Terri Teleen, Director, Editorial Operations&Communications at Wiley; Sara Rouhi, Director of Business Development, North America at Altmetric; Emilie Delquié, Strategic Account Manager at Copyright Clearance Center; and Nick Dormer, Wiley.

Registration for the Annual Meeting remains open. This year's meeting theme is Crossing Boundaries: New Horizons in Scholarly Communication. The meeting program features 27 concurrent sessions in the following tracks: Careers/Industry, Market Insight Global Challenges, Collaborative Solutions, Product Strategy and Business Development, and Standards and Best Practices. Attendees should have plenty of opportunities to make connections with other scholarly publishing professionals and make the most out of their trip to Vancouver.

Publishers, librarians, authors, and researchers are finding themselves at a time of unprecedented change and unexpected collaborations. Last year's meeting of SSP saw how innovation and change are taking place on the edges of traditional fields and processes. The 2016 event at Vancouver will examine new ways of bridging concepts and challenging assumptions about the marketplace, business models, and individual roles.

Organisations and individuals willing to step out of their 'comfort zone' are re-defining the world of scholarly publishing by breaking down silos, forming new partnerships, and expanding their focus to reach a global audience. Sessions at this year's meeting will focus on ways we can learn from these experiences and explore what lies over the horizon for scholarly publishing.

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CAS and BioOhio team up to organise Big Data: Data-Driven Insights in Health Care
- 27 May 2016

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, and BioOhio, Ohio's bioscience membership organisation, are organising the Harnessing Big Data: Data-Driven Insights in Health Care. This highly anticipated event will share real world examples and case studies of how Big Data is being leveraged to address critical issues and opportunities shaping the healthcare industry. The event will be held on June 16, 2016, at the global headquarters of CAS (2540 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202) from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm.

Industry leaders from Cardinal Health, CAS, Cleveland Clinic, Columbus Collaboratory, Data2Discovery, The Max Planck Institute, The Ohio State University, Rev1 Ventures, Signet-Accel, and more will explore how Big Data is being used to solve some of the world's top healthcare challenges. CAS and BioOhio are committed to the healthcare and bioscience industries in Ohio and the world over, supporting organisations and companies around the Buckeye State and across the globe that are leading major research and discoveries.

Ohioans are curing debilitating pediatric diseases, creating less invasive surgical tools, formulating cleaner and more efficient biofuels, programming highly accurate diagnostic imaging techniques, improving provider processes to reduce patient costs, and personalizing medication delivery for individual patients. These are just a few examples of what Ohio's bioscience companies are doing each day across the state.

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Society for Scholarly Publishing to host six pre-meeting seminars ahead of 2016 Annual Meeting
- 25 May 2016

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) will host six pre-meeting seminars on June 1 in Vancouver, ahead of the 2016 Annual Meeting. The seminars will be split between a morning session, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and an afternoon session, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., allowing attendees to participate in two seminars prior to the opening plenary.

The pre-conference is a great way to take a deep dive into a subject in a more close-knit setting. Topics this year include predatory publishing, sustainable Open Access publishing models, data publishing, data interchange, global expansion case studies, and user experience design. Sign up for the seminar sessions is available as an add-on during registration for the Annual Meeting.

The sessions cover a wide range of topics. Morning seminars are offered covering predatory publishing, machine readable data formats, and open access, whereas the afternoon seminar sessions will examine data publishing, international publishing, and user experience design. More information about the pre-meeting seminars can be found on the SSP website.

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OASPA webinar panelists discuss attribution
- 23 May 2016

Cameron Neylon from Curtin University, Michael Carroll from American University, and Ernesto Priego from the City University London recently joined OASPA for a webinar to discuss attribution in open access publishing - an important, timely issue for publishers that goes hand-in-hand with licensing. Catriona MacCallum (PLOS) chaired the discussion. The Copyright Clearance Center hosted the webinar.

Catriona MacCallum opened the discussion by noting that Creative Commons licenses have become the standard means by which credit can be given to authors in open access publishing. Any potential membership applicant to OASPA, Catriona continued, must have at least one journal which features 'CC-BY', or in some cases 'CC BY-NC' content, which allows those accessing research to remix, tweak, and build upon work, while acknowledging the original author in the process. But there are ongoing challenges in the attribution realm: unclear licensing frameworks, differing community norms of content reuse, and varying disciplinary attitudes to attribution. Catriona handed over to Cameron Neylon, who presented on the topic, with Michael Carroll and Ernesto Priego as respondents.

Cameron began by underlining the importance of attribution. Those working on and interested in open access share a common belief in the maximum amount of people being able to 'take content and research outputs, and make them available in a form that others can use in ways that we haven't yet thought about.' Licensing, Cameron argued, is at the centre of open access publishing work: having a common set of licenses expresses a set of values around content reuse, but also enables legal consistency around reuse. Importantly, he continued, the use of such licenses lay the foundation for interoperability - information to flow between communities, not just within them.

Core to licensing, Cameron noted, is attribution. But unlike the consistency seen in licensing behaviours and values, attribution is often inconsistently expressed. Attribution, he cautioned, is not citation: citation is a bibliographic practice particular to research to enable someone else to find the work you are describing, whereas attribution is a 'legal requirement under Creative Commons licenses to recognize the copyright holder'. To 'attribute' does not simply mean to cite the work of the author you are reusing, since authors are not always the copyright holders.

Attribution could be made more interoperable and more consistent, argued Cameron, by actively making use of the four proposed attribution principles set out in an OASPA document, Getting the Credit.

Cameron pointed out that by thinking through case studies and day-to-day attribution practices, the OASPA principles go some way to tackle the particular challenges of third-party marketers failing to properly attribute academic content, and of the difficulty humanities scholars have found in having translated work attributed correctly. Many translation-related challenges, for example, can be overcome by making attribution very explicit. Beyond the establishment of attribution principles, Cameron wondered if the creation of stock examples of how to attribute would be helpful to distribute, if further education was needed around standard forms of attribution, and if so, what form guidance should take - and who should take responsibility for enforcing any rules.

Cameron then moved onto explore the attribution-licensing relationship. Cameron explained that Creative Commons licenses bind together the author and the user of the content through attribution, while a separate 'license to publish' creates the relationship between the author and the publisher. Attribution requirements by the publisher then establish the relationship between the publisher and content users - which may differ between publishers. There may be real opportunities, argued Cameron, for publishers to standardise their publisher-user attribution guidelines.

In response, Ernesto Priego remarked that within the humanities realm, difficulties lie in third-party content being reused with Creative Commons licenses when the original author did not intend it to be. To navigate this challenge, publishers such as the Open Library of Humanities have CC-BY as their licensing default, but offer other licensing options, and the journal Ernesto edits, Comics Grid, has a special clause for third-party content re-users. He cautioned that standardisation, especially around third-party content, is still needed however.

Following on from this, Michael Carroll wondered if attribution is often described in too complex a fashion. Users need to be aware of the copyright status of the content they are working with, and the source of their right to use it. Creative Commons licenses provide people with the means to attribute, but without being too specific about how authors satisfy the legal conditions of licenses. This, he argues, enables flexibility in the way materials are presented. But the addition of the statement of attribution principles, he continued, is important: it encourages the open access publishing community to come together and think about how to make 'attribution and citation synonymous'. Standardisation of attribution practices, rather than competition, Michael noted, would be most beneficial to the community. Ernesto agreed with this analysis, adding that CC-BY licensing has generally been well taken-up by the humanities community. In response, Cameron commented that he hoped that the establishment of standardised attribution practices would build a 'stronger knowledge network'.

In the Q&A session, Cameron was asked if the ORCID ID would ever be used as a standard citation. Certainly there are ways of this being taken up in the future, Cameron replied. Catriona followed this up with a question on data held in repositories or the paper itself: how was attribution for data different to that for publications? Cameron answered that often, there is very little copyright associated with data - and that as a result, it is often better placed into the public domain.

Publishers are well placed to lead the way in standardising attribution practices and OASPA looks forward to further discussions on developing attribution standards - and how these could be implemented across different disciplines.

The recording of this webinar, along with the accompanying slides, can be found on the OASPA website http://oaspa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/OASPA-Webinar-Attribution-20160505-1402-1.mp4.

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Elsevier announces seven new plastics and polymers books at SPE ANTEC 2016
- 23 May 2016

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of new, fully updated editions of Fatigue and Tribological Properties of Plastics and Elastomers and Multilayer Flexible Packaging. Reflecting the rapid advances made in the field, these two highly anticipated books, along with five additional new plastics and polymers titles, will be featured in Elsevier's booth # 227 at SPE ANTEC 2016, May 23-25, in Indianapolis, IN.

The third edition of Fatigue and Tribological Properties of Plastics and Elastomers is written by Dr. Laurence McKeen, a former DuPont senior research associate. This definitive book for engineers and scientists in the plastics industry and in product design with plastics, covers fatigue and tribology and has been updated to address the many advancements since the previous edition. It includes a new chapter covering sustainable and biodegradable polymers.

Edited by John R. Wagner, Jr., editor-in-chief of the Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting, and a member of the SPE Extrusion Division Board of Directors, the second edition of Multilayer Flexible Packaging provides a thorough introduction to the manufacturing and applications of flexible plastic films, covering materials, hardware and processes, and multilayer film designs and applications. It includes a new chapter on the use of bio-based polymers in flexible packaging.

In order to meet content needs in plastics and polymers, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of plastics and polymer experts and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples of how Elsevier is enabling science to drive innovation.

The seven new plastics and polymers books are: Fatigue and Tribological Properties of Plastics and Elastomers, Third Edition by Laurence McKeen; Multilayer Flexible Packaging, Second Edition by John R. Wagner, Jr.; Spectroscopy of Polymer Nanocomposites by Sabu Thomas, Didier Rouxel and Deepalekshmi Ponnamma; Handbook of Polymers, 2nd Edition by George Wypych; Handbook of Fillers, 4th Edition by George Wypych; Industrial Oil Crops by Thomas McKeon, Douglas Hayes, David Hildebrand and Randall Weselake; and Introduction to Bioplastics Engineering by Syed Ali Ashter.

Elsevier will be giving away a book a day at its SPE ANTEC booth, where attendees will also be able to meet Acquisitions Editor David Jackson.

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