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Enhanced e-book apps anticipate a new generation of e-readers

(independent.co.uk): With the release of the iPad just weeks away, enhanced e-book apps are becoming a hot trend in publishing, with many major publishers announcing plans for enhanced titles. Enhanced apps make use of a wide range of tablet and smartphone technology with additional features such as audio, video, images, and other added functionality not possible on e-ink readers.
   
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Simon Fraser University takes steps to support open access publishing

(straight.com): In the past few months, Simon Fraser University has taken steps to support open-access publishing of scholarly articles. SFU's senate library committee endorsed in January an open-access strategy for the university library. In February, SFU created an open-access fund to support researchers at the university who publish articles in open-access journals. While reading many academic journals often requires a paid subscription, open-access journals are freely available on the Internet. But authors typically have to pay article processing charges to publish in open-access journals.
   
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The CONSORT 2010 statement - a "service history" for clinical trials

(openaccesscentral.com): The CONSORT 2010 statement was co-published by eight journals. Like the original statement published in 1996, the revised guidelines are intended to improve the reporting of randomized controlled trials by providing a checklist of essential items for use by authors, reviewers and editors. The latest revision draws on new evidence and experience gained since the last update in 2001.
   
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Student-Run Journals Encourage Scholarship, Creative Endeavors

(uanews.org): The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law&Policy is among the most recent UA-student run publications to be launched. The Web-based, student run journal will enable students, faculty and others to publish on environmental issues from legal, scientific, economic and public policy perspectives, among others.
   
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Global Healthcare Experts Set Forth Guidelines for Improving 'Risk-Sharing' Schemes for Expensive New Treatments

(pharmalive.com): Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions, Inc. has published the collective recommendations of an international team of healthcare experts on how payers can improve their risk-sharing approaches for expensive new therapies and technology. Participants of the 2009 Banff Summit on evidence development, held in Calgary, Canada, reached a consensus about how to better evaluate and design payer reimbursement mechanisms for high-cost medical treatments. Participants included leading risk-sharing experts from Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., all who were signatories on a consensus statement. The resulting guidelines were published for the first time in the Adis journal PharmacoEconomics.
   
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