Elsevier has acquired bepress, which, in the words of an insightful Scholarly Kitchen post, puts it in the position of being “a major if not the foremost single player in the institutional repository landscape. This acquisition solidifies Elsevier’s efforts to “adopt and coopt open access.”
As we’ve seen in the publishing (and library) industry time and again, innovation either comes from outside or from the leaders among us ready to test a disruptive idea. Elsevier acquiring bepress (on the academic side) is very much in line with Penguin acquiring AuthorSolutions (on the trade side) a few years ago. That which disrupts (like open access and self-publishing) is at fiercely resisted by the biggest players… until it is eventually accepted and, more importantly, absorbed.
Read full press release below. For an in-depth analysis, NSR recommends the Scholarly Kitchen post .
“A research paper is a special publication written by scientists to be read by other researchers. Papers are primary sources necessary for research – for example, they contain detailed description of new results and experiments. Papers we have in our library: more than 58,000,000 and growing.”
So states the homepage of Sci-Hub, “the first pirate website in the world to provide mass and public access to tens of millions of research papers.” Just who is downloading all these pirated papers? According to this article in Science Magazine, which is almost a year old but still intriguing and highly recommended to NSR readers not familiar with the unstoppable force of Sci-Hub: EVERYONE. Continue reading A necessary reminder: Sci-Hub continues to grow and more and more of its users attend affluent universities
WALTHAM, MA–(Marketwired – October 06, 2014) – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced its Legacy eBook Collection on ScienceDirect now includes five new subject areas. The Legacy Collection consists of digitized, classic scholarly book content, now including nearly 13,000 books. The new subject areas are arts and humanities; computer science; economics, econometrics and finance; immunology and microbiology; and mathematics. In addition, there are newly digitized books in the engineering and the biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology collections. Continue reading Elsevier adds five new subject areas to legacy eBook collection
Academic librarians and publishers, take a look at SIPX. They are a copyright management and digital content delivery solution for content owners, libraries, publishers, MOOCs, end users, and others who need to provide or gain access to content in our digital world. Their June newsletter gives some highlights of who they are, including links to recent presentations they’ve done. Additionally, I interviewed Franny Lee, SIPX Co-Founder, last month for NSR. Below is information from their recent newsletter highlighting a partnership with Elsevier. Continue reading SIPX partners with Elsevier, adding more content for MOOCs, libraries, and users
ALDIE, Va., April 3, 2013 — Paratext announces that thousands of links to nearly 250 Major Reference Works from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect will be integrated into Paratext’s
Reference Universe service.
Elsevier’s Major Reference Works provide foundational content that gives cross-disciplinary perspective to researchers, librarians, teachers and students worldwide. They serve a broad spectrum of scientific, technical and medical disciplines, and routinely win awards for their authoritative and detailed coverage.
August 8, 2012 — Palo Alto, CA, USA — ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced that Elsevier Science & Technology Books is adding over 1,000 titles to Academic Completeâ„¢, the industry’s first and most scholarly subscription database of more than 78,000 e-books with unlimited, multi-user access. This marks the first time that these Elsevier titles, covering subjects such as mechanical engineering, chemical and process engineering, and civil engineering as well as environmental energy and alternative energy, have ever been available under a subscription model. The titles include classics of science publishing, including some of Elsevier’s most respected backlist titles.
Elsevier Science & Technology Books now distributes over 12,500 e-books under all of ebrary’s acquisition models including subscription, patron driven acquisition, short-term loan, and perpetual archive, supporting ebrary’s new strategic approach to e-book acquisition. Continue reading Over 1,000 Elsevier titles added to ebrary’s Academic Complete
OCLC and Elsevier have expanded their partnership to improve discovery of content. More from the press release:
DUBLIN, Ohio, January 31, 2012OCLC and Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information products and services worldwide, have signed an agreement that will make the full text from Elsevier’s SciVerse ScienceDirect journals and e-books available to users of OCLC’s WorldCat Local.
The expanded partnership makes it possible for researchers and students to search the full text of content from SciVerse ScienceDirect through WorldCat Local, OCLC’s discovery and delivery service that offers access to more than 922 million items through a single search box. Authenticated users from subscribing libraries can then access the full text of these journals and e-books. The new full-text searching feature is in addition to indexing and abstracts from Elsevier already available through WorldCat Local. Continue reading Full text from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect available via WorldCat Local
Great news from Elsevier about the new iSpeech Audio Reader application which instantly converts any full-text article within ScienceDirect into a natural sounding voice file. We see a lot of these mp3 files used for auditory learners, students with disabilities, and foreign language learners at my institution. More from the press release below:
Elsevier, a world leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the availability of an audio reader application from iSpeech, provider of cloud-based speech technology and mobile apps, on SciVerse Applications beta. The iSpeech Audio Reader is the latest in a growing list of applications enhancing the use of SciVerse ScienceDirect content to improve researchers’ workflows.
The iSpeech Audio Reader text-to-speech application instantly converts any full-text article within SciVerse ScienceDirect, the world’s largest source of peer-reviewed scientific content containing more than 10 million articles, into a natural sounding voice file. It enables researchers to easily convert articles into MP3 audio files and listen to them on any MP3-friendly device. Continue reading SciVerse adds text-to-speech application, iSpeech Audio Reader
Another discover service has secured the Elsevier ScienceDirect content, this time EBSCO Publishing’s Discovery Service. Great to see this cooperation to provide library content in a centralized discovery tool.
More from the press release: Full text from SciVerse ScienceDirect is being added to EBSCO Discovery Serviceâ„¢ (EDS) thanks to a new agreement from Elsevier and EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO). ScienceDirect, part of the SciVerse suite of search and discovery products provided by Elsevier, is a leading full-text scientific database with journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 20,000 books and major reference works. ScienceDirect currently includes more than 10.5 million articles and chapters with nearly 500,000 added every year. Continue reading EBSCO Discovery Service secures Elsevier content
Big news from Serials Solutions today – they will index Elsevier content from ScienceDirect!
More from the press release: Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products, today announced their intention that the full-text of SciVerse ScienceDirect® content will be indexed within the Summonâ„¢ web-scale discovery service. Researchers will be able to search the full text of all ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks via the Summonâ„¢ service. Continue reading Summon secures Elsevier content
Credo continues to expand it’s subject collections with the new addition of Elsevier titles. There was no indication in the press release of the date these titles will be available.
More from the press release: Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com), the award-winning online reference service, and Elsevier, an international provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, have signed an agreement that will put 45 health sciences titles in forthcoming Credo Reference Subject Collections.
Credo’s Subject Collections, which launched with eight collections in spring 2011, are compilations of leading subject-specific reference curated with library professionals and available alone or alongside the Credo General Reference service. The Elsevier titles represent a wide variety of resources in the research areas of Health Science, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. The diverse and prestigious titles to be included in the Credo Subject Collections of Nursing & Allied Health and Veterinary Medicine are: Continue reading 45 Elsevier health science titles to be available in Credo Reference Subject Collections
Yesterday we had a visit from our Elsevier Account Manager who updated us on the SciVerse Hub as well as e-book content within ScienceDirect. I learned several interesting things during the session including:
- ScienceDirect e-books can be downloaded for offline reading in EPUB and Mobipocket formats. I believe they said chapters, not the entire book. This was launched in May.
- E-books contain no DRM, so there are no limits on printing, copying, etc.
- E-books follow the same rules as journals for ILL (at which they said their ILL rules finally allow for the direct download/sharing of a PDF rather than printing and faxing/scanning)
- ScienceDirect has an application called “related reference work articles” which lists relevant articles from their encyclopedias and new SciTopics content for any search done in the interface. The applications are available for download in the applications marketplace and can be customized by individuals or institutions for the SciVerse interface.
- In the ScienceDirect use logs, they find that most users who are looking for books get to ScienceDirect via the University Library site, as compared to those looking for journals, who primarily come from Google.
Additional information on the use of e-books on ScienceDirect is available in a white paper, “A Study on the Usage, Application, and Value of Online Books on ScienceDirect in an Academic Environment.” It can be downloaded from their site at no cost, but registration is required. The white paper includes the charts/graphs showing how users get to content on ScienceDirect.
From an ebrary press release: ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the availability of usage-triggered Short-Term Loans. Currently in beta, this groundbreaking model provides libraries with all of the benefits of traditional short-term loans with the added advantage of only paying if titles are used.
ebrary’s new Short-Term Loans can be a library’s standalone cost-saving service, or used in conjunction with ebrary’s Patron Driven Acquisition program to offer an additional layer of mediation before titles are triggered for purchase. As YBP’s preferred e-book vendor, ebrary also makes Short-Term Loans available through YBP’s Demand Driven Acquisition service. Continue reading ebrary launches use-triggered short-term loans
From a Credo Reference Press Release:
Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference service, is pleased to announce the launch of Subject Collections. These convenient collections, designed to provide comprehensive coverage of key subjects, add to the rapidly growing reference e-book offerings on Credo Reference.
The eight new collections offer titles from 11 key reference publishers including Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, SAGE Reference and Berkshire Publishing Group. Additional Subject Collections are planned for Fall 2011. Continue reading Credo Launches Eight New Subject Collections
Summary of Tools of Change session, reprinted in full from Teleread.com by Paul Biba
Bill Godfrey (Elsevier), Rich Rothstein (HarperCollins Publishers), Andrew Savikas (O’Reilly Media, Inc.)Moderated by: Abe Murray (Google, Inc. )
Savikas: first foray in 1987. Stared with cd books and online books in 2001, which was first substantial digital presence. Wish is that Amazon would adopt epub as their standard. Digital is now about a decade for O’Reilly, and one of the biggest changes is that there are many more markets for digital products. Can’t imaging what it will be like in 10 years. Book will not go away — neither the package nor the long form narrative type of content. There will be a whole new category of new media that probably can’t be called books any more. Over the last 100 years more and more layers built up between publishers and consumers and web is bringing us back to a more direct relationship. In his experience the interest in enhanced ebooks seems to come from the publishers more than it does from the reader. Now that books can know that they are being read this can lead to enhanced opportunities. Databases are prime examples for turning into enhanced books. Not convinced that advertising will be as much of the future of newspapers and magazines it has been in the passed. Newspapers have lost the monopoly of being a source of local information. There is what value and need for what newspapers provide, but the package is obsolete. Publishers should be taking a stronger role in advocating with the retailers and device makers. Big piece of the epub 3 revision is to support dynamic delivery to different devices. Continue reading TOC – Publisher CTO Panel, the future of ebook technology, TeleRead
Elsevier has added another app to its SciVerse Hub Applications Marketplace, U.S. Government Datasets. It’s a great example of collaboration, discovery, and semantic technology. This article at Information Today offers additional information.
Elsevier is now offering a mobile app for iOS, including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. It’s a free download from the iTunes store.
From an Elsevier email:
Did you know?
- Users of SciVerse ScienceDirect and Scopus can now search for and download peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters from their iPhone
- They can also be informed when approaching other published peers, researchers and professors they meet on-campus and at conferences by finding relevant publication information instantly when they want it
- Users can get the right answers when they need them with 25 percent of the world’s trusted scientific content in their pocket
Download SciVerse Mobile Apps
iPhone apps SciVerse ScienceDirect and SciVerse Scopus Alerts are FREE to download to your iPhone for subscribers of ScienceDirect and Scopus.
Elsevier recently launched SciVerse Hub, which provides a discovery layer for ScienceDirect, Scopu, and Scirus. A few weeks ago, they launched Image Search, new functionality within ScienceDirect, that offers searching of images within eBook content as well as millions of scholarly journals. I wrote an article about the new Image Search for Information Today which offers lots more details on the service.
Darrell Gunter, CEO of Gunter Media Group, Adam Marshall of Portland Press and Thane Kerner of Silver Chair presented on semantic technology and getting up to speed to better serve your user community.
Each of the speakers posed 5 Questions with 5 Answers
What prompted you to engage semantic technology into your products/applications?
- Darrell Gunter (for Elsevier/Collexis) Needed to develop an expert profile database where the experts can connect with one another
- Adam Marshall: So much data that we no longer know what we know and finding what we find is very difficult. Most of the articles we keep are PDF, which are flat files with no interactivity, and they wanted to develop a new tool to provide interactivity b/t PDFs. Came up with Utopia Documents, which blends the best of the semantic web in PDFs. It connects documents with online data, linking the flat PDF to online databases.
- Thane Kerner: they have large volumes of very specialized content and needed better ways to search and connect content that wasn’t available in current search technology Continue reading Charleston Conference – Semantic Technology