COLUMNS & NEWS
Taylor & Francis Buys Swets & Zeitlinger
Royal Swets & Zeitlinger announced the sale of
the publishing business and assets of Swets & Zeitlinger
Publishers (SZP) and A.A. Balkema to the Taylor & Francis
Group, a specialist publisher of scientific, academic,
and professional books and journals. SZP will continue
to operate out of its Lisse, Netherlands-based office
before relocating to the Leiden area.
Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers was founded in
1916 and produces English-language journals and books
in the specialist areas of engineering, ophthalmology,
and neuropsychology as well as the life and social
sciences. SZP has a staff of 37, publishes 41 journal
titles and 100 new books per year, and has a backlist
of around 2,000 book titles.
According to the announcement, the Taylor & Francis
Group was particularly attracted to the high quality
of SZP's publication list. It will enhance the company's
existing scientific and engineering portfolios as well
as reinforce the group's position in the STM book and
journal market segments. The acquisition of SZP is
consistent with Taylor & Francis' strategy of growing
its portfolio of "must-have" information.
Source: Royal Swets & Zeitlinger, Lisse, Netherlands,
Openly Informatics Partners with Sirsi
Sirsi Corp. announced a technology partnership with
Openly Informatics, Inc., a provider of OEM linking
software and services. Sirsi has selected Openly Informatics
OpenURL linking technology as the core engine for Sirsi
Resolver, a solution for OpenURL resolution and linking.
Offered as a stand-alone product and integrated with
Sirsi Rooms Context Management Solutions, Sirsi Resolver
can be configured to work seamlessly with all of Sirsi's
online products, including iBistro, iLink, Web2, and
the new Sirsi SingleSearch. Using information provided
by these searching tools, the Openly Informatics engine
powers Sirsi Resolver to deliver deep-linking access
to full-text content for tens of thousands of journal
articles and online services for books and all other
Source: Sirsi Corp., Huntsville, AL, 256/704-7000;
State of Ohio Recognizes LexisNexis U.S.
LexisNexis U.S. announced that it has received the
prestigious Thomas Edison Award from the state of Ohio.
Gov. Bob Taft presented the award during ceremonies
at the USAF Museum in Dayton. Ohio also honored eight
small companies with Emerging Technology Awards.
"Ohio's leadership in technological innovation rests
on the continued efforts of technology-based businesses
such as those receiving Edison and Emerging Technology
Awards," Taft said. "I commend these companies on their
The Edison Award recognized LexisNexis' global leadership
in fostering or implementing innovation and in positively
utilizing technology to impact its operation and the
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 937/865-6800; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
Swets Blackwell Achieves COUNTER Level 2 Compliance
Swets Blackwell announced that it is the first subscription
agent member to achieve level 2 compliance with COUNTER's
international e-journal usage standards. Swets has
signed a formal declaration of compliance with COUNTER,
an international initiative launched in March 2002
to serve librarians, publishers, and intermediaries
by facilitating the recording and exchange of online
COUNTER's (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic
Resources) specifications included data elements already
collected by SwetsWise, Swets Blackwell's Web-based
modular service, for the procurement, access, and management
of subscriptions and online information. Covering more
than 7,660 full-text publications from 272 publishers,
SwetsWise's participation also increases the number
of titles and publishers for which COUNTER-compliant
usage reports are now available (http://projectcounter.org).
Source: Swets Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-111;
Factiva and Verity, Inc. have announced an agreement
that will help global enterprise customers organize
their intellectual capital assets.
The companies will jointly allow enterprise customers
to integrate a set of Factiva's industry-specific taxonomies
with K2 Enterprise, Verity's intellectual capital management
software. In addition, customers can gain access to
Factiva's global collection of nearly 8,000 content
sources and engage the taxonomy and technical experts
of Factiva Client Solutions.
Under the terms of the partnership, Factiva will
also provide its content and taxonomy expertise, including
strategy and implementation that are adaptable to the
specific needs and rules of an organization, for use
with K2 Enterprise. Factiva will offer its established
general business taxonomy for companies, industries,
regions, and subjects, as well as its recently announced
specialized pharmaceutical and healthcare taxonomy.
Factiva Client Solutions, including its taxonomy specialists,
will now be available to assist with Verity implementations.
Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 609/627-2000; http://www.factiva.com.
The Wall Street Journal Announces New Marketing Initiatives
Dow Jones & Co. announced new integrated sales
and marketing initiatives for The Wall Street Journal and
The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com. In addition,
Dow Jones will begin reporting its U.S. print and applicable
online subscribers together in its latest Audit Bureau
of Circulations (ABC) statement. This brings total
paid U.S. circulation under ABC rules for The Wall
Street Journal to 2.1 million, the highest paid
circulation in The Journal's 114-year history.
Over the past several years, while many publishers
have seen circulation declines, the U.S. print Journal has
held steady at 1.8 million. During the same period,
the online Journal has grown to its current record
paid circulation of 686,000. The international print
editions add 175,000. The global Wall Street Journal
franchise, therefore, currently has a print and online
circulation of more than 2.7 million worldwide, of
which 2.1 million are reported under U.S. ABC rules.
Source: Dow Jones & Co., New York, 212/416-2000;
Emerald Acquires Journal, Handbook
Emerald, an international management and information
science publisher, has announced the acquisition of
the Journal of Business Strategy (JBS)
and the Handbook of Business Strategy.
Written for senior managers, the Journal of Business
Strategy provides in-depth articles that help
the reader develop successful business strategies.
Each issue focuses on practical applications of business
theory, forecasting, business development, trend-spotting,
and competitive intelligence.
JBS is one of 17 journals in the Emerald ManagementFirst "Strategy" collection.
Authors/contributors to JBS also receive access
to the Emerald ManagementFirst site.
Published annually, the Handbook of Business Strategy summarizes
current strategic management issues in one comprehensive
reference book. Marketing, branding, leadership, and
growth strategies are covered as well as articles on
newer strategic areas essential to any business, including
knowledge management, corporate governance, working
with consultants, and CRM.
Source: Emerald, Bradford, UK, 011-44-1274-777700;
Ovid Launches Taiwan Regional Data Center
Ovid Technologies, Inc., National Chiao Tung University
(NCTU), and Flysheet Information Services, Inc. announced
the establishment of a new Ovid Regional Data Center
(RDC) in Taiwan. The RDC will be hosted by NCTU and
Flysheet Information Services, based in HsinChu. Ovid's
new data center will support customers in Taiwan, and
the company has plans to support additional Asia Pacific
This is the fourth Ovid RDC and the second outside
North America. It is a complete mirror of Ovid data
centers in Salt Lake City; Boston; and Manchester,
The new facility will provide clinicians, researchers,
and healthcare professionals with fast, reliable, and
continuous access to Ovid's collection of medical and
health sciences journals, books, and databases, including
its premier products Journals@
Ovid and Books@Ovid. With local server access, customers will see increased
speed and reliability, faster retrieval of current content, up-to-date tools,
and reduced server downtime. According to the announcement, built-in redundancy
will allow the service to remain available during maintenance and scheduled
Source: Ovid, New York, 646/674-6300; http://www.ovid.com.
Historic Change in Legal Deposit Law
The British Library announced that a Private Members
Bill, introduced in December 2002, has passed all its
parliamentary hurdles and became law when it received
Royal Assent. The Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003
extends previous legal deposit legislation passed nearly
100 years ago in 1911. It enshrines the principle that
electronic or e-publications and other non-print materials
will be deposited in the future under secondary legislation.
The act ensures that these publications can be saved
as part of the published archive and become an important
resource for future generations of researchers and
The introduction of the bill followed a BL-led campaign
to bring the law up-to-date with the current world
of publishing. The new act is generic and provides
for secondary legislation to be approved by Parliament.
This will ensure that non-print formats are included
within the legal deposit system.
Since 1911, the six legal deposit libraries have
been able to collect copies of all printed material
published in the U.K. However, an increasing volume
of important material had begun to be published in
electronic and other non-print formats. These fell
outside the scope of the 1911 Act and were not therefore
being comprehensively collected. A 2002 study forecast
a massive increase in online publications, predicting
a near quadrupling (from 52,000 to 193,000) in the
number of electronic journal issues published in the
U.K. between 2002 and 2005.
Source: The British Library, London, 011-44-20-7412-7000;
Library Community Opposes Bill to
Restrict Data Access
The Association of Research Libraries announced that
Prue Adler, its associate executive director, voiced
the opposition of the library community to the recently
introduced "Database and Collections of Information
Misappropriation Act" (H.R. 3261). According to the
announcement, she spoke on behalf of five of the nation's
leading library organizations: the American Association
of Law Libraries, ALA, the Association of Research
Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and SLA.
For more than 200 years, facts have been in the public
domain. The proposed legislation "would end this long-standing
policy that has allowed the public and private sectors
to flourish, advance research, and create a vibrant
marketplace." Access to the broad array of research
information, Adler noted, is critical to the health
and wealth of society.
According to the announcement, the approach taken
in H.R. 3261 is strikingly at odds with how scientific
and research discovery is conducted. The scientific,
research, and library communities increasingly support
open access, which encourages the sharing of data and
information to promote the advancement of science and
Source: Association of Research Libraries, Washington,
DC, 202/296-2296; http://www.arl.org.
MacArthur Foundation Makes Grant
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
has announced a grant of $600,000 over 3 years to Harvard
University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society
to explore options for the future of copyright in a
digital environment. The grant is made through the
foundation's special funding initiative on intellectual
property and the long-term protection of the public
The grant is in support of the Digital Media in Cyberspace
Project, which is designed to help increase understanding
of the legal, business, and economic aspects of how
copyright might operate in the digital environment
in the future. The project will look at possible future
copyright scenarios and analyze the comparative advantages
of each in terms of economic incentives, effects on
the business landscape, impact on the interests of
consumers, and legal and other costs involved in implementation.
Source: MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, 312/726-8000;
XML Web Services
XyEnterprise, a developer of XML content management
and enterprise publishing software, announced that
its XML Professional Publisher (XPP) Web Services technology
has been deployed to support a sophisticated XML content
management and publishing solution for LexisNexis UK.
This solution supports LexisNexis UK in the seamless
publishing and delivery of its legal, tax, and regulatory
services and publications to a wide variety of customers
The XyEnterprise Web Services-based systems, in production
use for case reports, enable LexisNexis UK to deliver
editorial content from its Content@ Content Management
System (also provided by XyEnterprise) to Letterpart,
a U.K.-based publishing services provider. Letterpart
hosts the XPP application that composes the source
XML data for final print and Adobe PDF publication.
Source: XyEnterprise, Reading, MA, 781/756-4400;
Publisher Axel Springer Teams with NewsStand
NewsStand, Inc., a digital distributor for newspapers
and magazines worldwide, and publisher Axel Springer
have teamed to launch digital editions of Sunday newspaper WELT
am SONNTAG and daily newspaper DIE WELT (http://www.welt.de).
Now, complete digital versions of the German newspapers
can be read on a desktop, laptop, or Tablet PC, or
they can be printed out page by page.
The first digital editions of WELT am SONNTAG and DIE
WELT were made available in November. Readers
can download their e-editions at http://www.newsstand.de and http://www.newsstand.com.
The digital editions feature the exact layout of
the print edition. Readers can use digital functionality
such as keyword search, direct jumps to desired sections,
article continuations with one mouse click, rapid scan
of two-page spreads, and zoom-in capability for items
Source: NewsStand, Inc., Austin, TX, 512/334-5106;
ProQuest, NCBI Offer Access to ProQuest Medical Library
ProQuest Information and Learning, in cooperation
with NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information),
is now offering PubMed LinkOut capabilities in ProQuest
Medical Library. ProQuest Information and Learning,
a unit of ProQuest Co., creates and distributes databases
to libraries and educational institutions worldwide.
ProQuest Medical Library is a ProQuest full-text
journal database that provides in-depth coverage of
all the major clinical and allied healthcare specialties,
including nursing, pediatrics, neurology, pharmacology,
cardiology, physical therapy, and many others. Coverage
is global and includes key titles such as The Lancet and Journal
of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
PubMed is a database of citations and abstracts to
biomedical and other life science journal literature,
developed and managed by NCBI at the U.S. National
Library of Medicine.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor,
MI, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
Elsevier Adopts COUNTER Code of Practice
Elsevier has announced that its ScienceDirect product
will comply with Release 1 of the international COUNTER
Code of Practice, which governs the recording and exchange
of online usage data and primarily focuses on journals
The COUNTER Code of Practice is supported by a global
organization of librarians, publishers, and their professional
organizations. According to the announcement, it promotes
credible, consistent, and compatible measurement of
the usage data from online information resources around
COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic
Resources) is a multi-agency, not-for-profit organization
whose objective is to develop and maintain a single,
internationally accepted, extendible Code of Practice.
The register of COUNTER-compliant vendors is available
on the COUNTER Web site (http://www.projectcounter.org).
Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3757;