by Barbara Brynko
It’s February, and we’re tracking the vital signs of the information industry. The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc.’s and Berkery, Noyes & Co.’s respective reports are out (see p. 8) covering the financial health of the industry at the end of 2012, and we’re seeing plenty of activity abuzz so far in 2013. The outlook for the year is shaping up to be good from all angles.
By the first week of January, Elsevier B.V. and Knovel Corp. had big news to announce. I spoke to Chris Forbes, president and CEO of Knovel, and Alexander van Boetzelaer, managing director of Elsevier Corporate Markets, about some of the releasable details on the acquisition and the game plan going forward in “Elsevier Acquires Knovel Corp.” on page 1. With the acquisition still fresh at press time, we plan to revisit the story and the key players in a future issue.
Then, IT columnist George H. Pike explores the new spin on the Copyright Act of 1978 and how it will change the playing field for publishers and copyright holders. Check out “Copyright: New Impact of an Old Law” on the front cover for further details.
And in “Altmetrics 101: A Primer,” writer James Careless quizzes the metrics experts on the advent of a new way of measuring impact. We have input from skeptics and proponents alike on page 1, who explain how this may shape future research.
From cover to cover, there are plenty of insights, news, and trends for you to read and analysis and commentary for you to ponder. We’re trying to keep in step with the people, products, and processes you need to know, when you need to know it. And we’re getting the news from every angle.
Let us know what you think, and thanks for your support.
— Barbara Brynko