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Don’t know where to publish?! Click on “Journal Advisor” and type your abstract!

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(A very nice initiative using the Springer’s JournalSuggest and reported by Research Information, October/November 2012 )

Journal Advisor:

Edanz’ free-to-use Journal Selector indexes over 18,000 journals and uses Parity Computing’s Semantic Profiling Engine to match an author’s research to journals that publish articles on similar topics using natural language processing.

Authors enter an abstract (if they have already written one), some keywords or some text from a similar paper into the tool and it comes up with a list of suggestions that can be narrowed by, for example, impact factor or publishing frequency. There are visualisation tools so that authors can see similar articles and when they were published. This helps them to know, for example, if similar papers have been published in the journal but not for several years, said Shaw.

Currently, the tool, which is available as a beta version, uses as its sources PubMed and Springer’s API. Edanz hopes that more publishers’ APIs will be added now that the beta version is available.

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November 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

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Open Access: latest figures

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According a white paper published by Springer (the owner of BioMedCentral):

  • Only 12% of OA articles are paid directly by Authors
  • In 2010, 1.4 millions scholarly journals were published under OA
  • In July 2012, DOAJ has reached 8,000 titles
  • The BASE source indexes 36 million open access documents


Open access – broad readership, high impact. White paper, Springer, 2012. 6 p. Available online from:

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October 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

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eBooks ROI (Springer)

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An interesting study to read:

RoI can be defined as a performance measure used to quantify and evaluate the efficiency of an investment in library resources or to compare efficiency among different investments. While it may seem simply to be a question of money in versus money out, the real difficulty of expressing the overall value of this resource for an institution comes from many contributing factors:

  • Time saved by library staff and researchers
  • Convenience of constant access and online search capabilities
  • Effect on research output and teaching
  • Physical space saved in the library by using electronic resources

RoI can be articulated by libraries to provide justification for ongoing development of collections within an institution and to ensure that current resources may be prioritized in terms of the value they provide to the institution as a whole. (…)

For librarians and administrators working to meet competing demands with limited resources, understanding the value of eBooks will continue to be of great importance for the foreseeable future. The ability to evaluate the most cost-effective and beneficial scholarly content allows for librarians to prioritize resources for their patrons and demonstrate the ongoing value of the library for their institution. (…)

eBooks are anticipated to become as hugely influential over print publications as eJournals have been in the last decade. (…)

Our interviews showed that evaluating usage data is the most common and obvious method for evaluating RoI. Other factors affecting value such as time spent processing records and marketing eBooks to users are often more difficult to quantify. User surveys are a common tool for providing much more context for how library patrons are interacting with eBooks and their perceived value. (…)

eBooks are used much more for individual chapters rather than an entire book... (…)

With the move to electronic content of all kinds, a shift has occurred in the role of librarians themselves. For instance, much more time is being spent on technical issues than 10 years prior. Librarians are now required to have computer expertise, and are charged with training their patrons on how to best make use of these electronic resources to maintain the value of the content

eBooks are relatively new, compared with 15 years of eJournals, but are likely to continue a rapid rate of adoption in the coming years. The industry is in its early development though, and it will likely be a few years before the percentage of book collections have migrated from print to electronic at the same level journals have. Once this happens, faculty and student usage is likely to increase dramatically

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Scholarly eBooks: understanding the Return on Investment for libraries. White paper, Springer, 2012. 9 p.

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September 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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STM eBooks: promise and challenges after 5 formative years of experimentation

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An interesting white paper, sponsored by Springer, where 5 consultants give their conclusions after first years of experimentation.

eBooks have evolved considerably over the last fi ve years, beyond the more mature, but less dynamic eJournals space. Th ey are now poised at an intersection of library, technology and research trends that afford great opportunities and challenges, for both the library and publisher communities.

Similar to the formative years of STM eJournals adoption, eBook uptake shows both promise and challenges:promise as an efficient source for research, and challenges as stakeholders grasp how best to manage this relatively new content format.

In their sixth year, eBooks are entering an Age of Experimentation… (…)


  • In Their Infancy: eBooks Helped Librarians and Researchers Work Smarter, But…
  • eBooks Today: As Many Questions as There Are Answers
  • eBooks Tomorrow: A Bright, If Uncertain, Future

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March 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

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SpringerLink goes mobile…

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At last, Springer has joined the group of Big STM publishers who have already plunged in the mobility.

“Springer has launched the SpringerLink mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch. It is free to download from the iTunes App Store providing access to the science platform The SpringerLink mobile app includes a number of features like personalized notifications, save and share abilities, advanced search, document details with abstracts and full-text views available to institutional subscribers. In addition, the app provides users with a multi-functional home screen, allowing for keyword and advanced searches. Included in the advanced search is a save search feature that allows the user to save any advanced search so that it may be quickly executed from the home screen. The user can be notified from the app’s home screen when any new chapters or articles are published that meet the criteria of his or her saved search, allowing a user to specify his or her areas of interest and quickly check for new, relevant publications“.
Press release:

At the time writing, almost all of STM publishers offer smartphone and tablet applications to access their content. NLM’s PubMed was the first early adopter in January 2010, followed by Nature in February 2010, and Elsevier’s Sciverse Scopus in May 2010. In 2011, many others have joined the ride, such as Wiley, SciFinder, etc.

Nature was on the first to offer apps to read the famous journal on an iPad. Elsevier has massively invested in applications development, mainly by the way of developers contests. Then, the Sciverse platform proposes an app market (the Application Gallery) to customize the interface.

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January 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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BioMedCentral: new website and new features

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Press release:

The company, which pioneered the open access model and now publishes over 220 open access journals, has introduced a streamlined design and new look which makes the high-traffic website site much more straightforward to navigate. The redesigned site also introduces a range of new and enhanced features.

Emphasizing the company’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of authors and readers, the new site includes:

  • a greatly improved “My BioMed Central” section offering users convenient access to the latest research in their subject areas together with status updates on manuscripts which they are submitting or reviewing
  • enhanced navigation for archives, supplements and special article collections
  •  additional RSS feeds and embedded social linking technologies and, improved subject gateways, providing a central starting point to find research on particular scientific topics.

BioMed Central’s new website:

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December 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm

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“The book will never die”

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Good marketing by Springer, announcing the Frankfurt Book Fair:



See also:

Putting the book back into the Library,

by Thomson-Reuters about the new Book Citation Index in the WoS


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September 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

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