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A changing role in a changing market

When Swets filed for bankruptcy in 2014, the 113-year old company clearly illustrated the difficulties faced by traditional intermediaries in a rapidly changing information ecosystem. The web has revolutionised many-to-many transactions and all intermediaries - whether library, publisher or subscription agent - have needed to transform the nature of their services. Failure to transform successfully will inevitably lead to the failure of individual companies, but the failure of such a high-profile subscription agent raised fundamental questions about the future of the industry itself: How could this have happened? How can it be stopped from happening again? And, most importantly, is there a long-term future for subscription agents?
   
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Four Predictions for Academic Publishing in 2016

Publishing Technology has shared the predictions for what will be in store for academic publishing in 2016. This sector is far broader, larger and economically more successful than people outside the industry can imagine. It ranges from multinational corporations that publish journals, to the university presses who keep the scholarly monograph going as a content form, and to the professional and association publishers dedicated to sharing information, insight and expertise within distinct professional groups. Yet however different these publishers look from the outside, they face similar challenges as the behaviour of their buyers and readers changes and their funding environment shifts.
   
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How the Healthcare Industry Tackled Data Blocking in 2015

Data blocking, the antithesis to health IT interoperability, is emerging as a major impediment to the improvement of EHR use. Data blocking is defined by the ONC as preventing the sharing of health information intentionally, knowingly, or with a lack of reasonable justification for blocking the information. Data blocking is a clear hurdle in the way of full interoperability because it is intentional, and therefore can be preventable. This not only bars the free exchange of information, but also the benefits that go with it - care coordination, patient engagement, and team-based care.
   
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Examples of Effective Data Sharing in Scientific Publishing

This article presents a perspective on an approach to data sharing in scientific publications. The essence of the approach is that data can be embedded in a human-readable and machine-addressable way within the traditional publishing environment. This is shown by examples for both computational and experimental data. A need for new authoring tools to facilitate data sharing has been articulated, and the tools that have been developed for this purpose are also discussed. With these tools, data generation, analysis, and manuscript preparation can be deeply integrated, resulting in easier and better data sharing in scientific publications.
   
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Africa: How to Reach a Wider Audience for Your Research

In current age of knowledge abundance, the scholarly community is turning its attention to the use of social media channels and other online platforms. Scholars have been increasingly integrating these tools into their everyday work, creating enormous potential to capture the digital traces of their research. Not surprisingly, then, in recent years academics have shown a growing interest in non-traditional ways of evaluating their scholarly 'impact'. The altmetrics, short for alternative metrics, allow researchers to gauge the impact and reach of their research in the social web beyond traditional citation counting.
   
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