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State Library of Queensland hiring Coordinator, Information Services

(19 January 2018) The teams forming the Visitor and Information Services branch are dedicated to providing a high quality client experience to all visitors. The Client Experience team is responsible for the review, development and implementation of key client services and policies. Schools Engagement takes the lead in forging connections between school communities and SLQ. The Visitor Services team provides a welcoming front line experience for visitors, and manages the Volunteer Program. Staff in the Information Services team guide visitors in their use of collections and facilities across SLQ, and apply their extensive research skills to respond to clients’ complex reference enquiries. Refer to the role description for duties and responsibilities.

Closing date is 7 February 2018. ALIA has the announcement.

CINDAS LLC adds Ferrium to its databases

(19 January 2018) CINDAS has added Ferrium M-54 to the ASMD and AHAD. Ferrium M54 is a secondary hardening, ultra-high-strength martensitic steel that exhibits high toughness, high resistance to stress corrosion cracking, and very high strength with an ultimate of over 285 ksi. This alloy was originally designed for the US Navy as a lower cost alternative to incumbent steels such as AerMet 100. It was designed for applications such as landing gear components, arrestment gear, drive shafts, blast resistant or impact containment devices, armor, structural components, and anywhere that AerMet 100 can be used but is prohibitively expensive.

In addition, in January, Inconel 783 will be added to the ASMD, HPAD, and AHAD. This is a superalloy widely used in aircraft gas turbines, steam turbines, and marine turbine engines, as well as turbochargers, exhaust valves, and other components of reciprocating engines.

Read more about CINDAS LLC and its aerospace and alloy databases here.

Visit Singapore libraries pre- and post- IFLA WLIC 2018

The Council of Chief Librarians (CCL) and the Library Association of Singapore (LAS) welcome you to the IFLA WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and extend a neighbourly invitation to you for library visits in Singapore. If you are transiting or stopping over in Singapore and have some free time on either Thursday 23 or Friday 31 August 2018, then you may want to visit the following libraries for a free guided tour.

Click here for details.

Cambridge University Press launches new content sharing service pilot

(8 December 2017) The world’s oldest publisher is today [Friday, 8 December] launching a new content sharing service – Cambridge Core Share – providing the academic community and wider public with greater access to research.

Cambridge University Press has developed the new service on its Cambridge Core platform and will extend the functionality to a select number of journals during an initial pilot phase.

The publisher is the first University Press to build a sharing service on its own platform. The move comes a year after the successful launch of Cambridge Core – the Press’s online home of over 34,000 academic books and over 370 journals – which has seen content usage increase by up to 25% and user registrations increase by 24% each month.

Improving content discoverability and collaboration for users worldwide, Cambridge Core Share enables users to share content quickly, easily and responsibly. Authors and subscribers can generate a read-only link to a journal article which can be shared online, allowing anyone to read the final published version of the article for free.

Cambridge Core Share also allows article usage to be recorded, enabling authors to effectively demonstrate the impact of their work.

Read the full announcement here.
For more information contact press@cambridge.org 

Visit Cambridge Core Share at: http://www.cambridge.org/coreshare

UCL launches open access megajournal to help solve the world’s biggest challenges

(16 January 2018) UCL Press is launching a new open access megajournal that will provide academics and students with ground-breaking research free of charge in a move that challenges traditional commercial publishing models.

 

The megajournal aims to revolutionise academic publishing by slashing publication times, providing research for free to anyone with an internet connection and publishing online what peer reviewers have to say about the studies to improve transparency.

 

UCL Press’s new model represents a significant break with the current model for scholarly publishing which relies heavily on subscription journals and which means only those institutions that can afford these subs can access the content.

 

“The current situation is not the best starting point for researchers who want to tackle the great challenges which face society – hunger, disease, global warming, equality and diversity,” said Dr Paul Ayris, CEO of UCL Press and Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services), who came up with the idea.

 

He hopes the megajournal will emulate the success of UCL Press’s open access publishing of research monographs, which has so far made available 50 titles with 650,000 downloads worldwide in 218 countries and territories around the world.

 

In the current financial climate when universities are under pressure to justify their tuition fees of £9,250 a year and reduce costs, the model also offers a chance to save money at the same time as it opens up research to a wider audience for free.

 

A study published three years ago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US showed top research-intensive universities were paying on average $6m (£4.35m) a year in subscriptions for bundled access to academic journals.

 

Dr Ayris said: “We pay an academic to do the research, they produce the article, they give it to a commercial publisher who will make up to 40% profit from sales. The academic not only gives the publisher the article but gives away the copyright to the publisher.

 

“The university, having paid the academic to do the research, has to pay to buy the material back on subscription. It’s a crazy system that beggars belief.”

 

UCL Press’s megajournal will start by piloting the model with one of UCL’s research domains, environmental science, including contributions from earth sciences, geography, UCL’s medical school, population sciences and UCL Institute of Education.

 

“It’s a cross disciplinary platform with fully open peer review,” said Dr Ayris. “You will be able to read what the peer reviewer actually says. That will be online very quickly and reviewers will identify themselves.”

 

UCL Press is also developing an open access platform for textbooks rising from the initial two to
12 to start with in another move that overturns the conventional model of selling textbooks over the counter.

 

UCL is happy to support the Press financially  since it generates wide global impact for research, unlike the current scholarly publishing model. While UCL Press’s main focus is open access dissemination of research, it does have a number of revenue streams including print sales (which continue alongside free downloads), consultancy services (for example advising universities such as Helsinki which are looking to develop open access publishing) and publishing services, all of which contribute to the ongoing development of its services.

 

“The point of institutions publishing is not to make money but to add value to and support the student experience,” he said. At the moment, UCL contributes about £400,000 a year to support staff and operational costs at UCL Press.

 

The UCL Press move comes amid a wider debate over academic publishing where universities are challenging and exploring alternatives to traditional commercial publishing models.

 

The Dutch publishing giant Elsevier has recently granted uninterrupted access to its pay-walled journals for researchers at about 200 German universities and research institutes which refused to renew their individual subscriptions at the end of 2017.

 

The Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) is understood to be considering whether to make it mandatory for scholarly monographs – the most common form of publication in the arts and social sciences – to be available on open access in order for them to be included in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2025.

 

UCL press 

 

The announcement is here.

 

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, version 3

The 3rd version of the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing is published today

(15 January 2018) The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) are scholarly organizations that have seen an increase in the number, and broad range in the quality, of membership applications. Our organizations have collaborated to identify principles of transparency and best practice for scholarly publications and to clarify that these principles form the basis of the criteria by which suitability for membership is assessed by COPE, DOAJ and OASPA, and part of the criteria on which membership applications are evaluated by WAME. Each organization also has their own, additional criteria which are used when evaluating applications. The organizations will not share lists of publishers or journals that failed to demonstrate that they met the criteria for transparency and best practice. Backgrounds on each organization are at the bottom of this post.

This is the third version of a work in progress (published 15 January 2018); the first version was made available by OASPA in December 2013 and published on the DOAJ web site in January 2014. We encourage its wide dissemination and continue to welcome feedback on the general principles and the specific criteria.

Principles of Transparency

  1. Website: A journal’s website, including the text that it contains, shall demonstrate that care has been taken to ensure high ethical and professional standards. It must not contain information that might mislead readers or authors, including any attempt to mimic another journal/publisher’s site. An ‘Aims & Scope’ statement should be included on the website and the readership clearly defined. There should be a statement on what a journal will consider for publication including authorship criteria (e.g., not considering multiple submissions, redundant publications) to be included. ISSNs should be clearly displayed (separate for print and electronic).
  2. Name of journal: The Journal name shall be unique and not be one that is easily confused with another journal or that might mislead potential authors and readers about the Journal’s origin or association with other journals.
  3. Peer review process: Journal content must be clearly marked as whether peer reviewed or not. Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers expert in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff. This process, as well as any policies related to the journal’s peer review procedures, shall be clearly described on the journal website, including the method of peer review used. Journal websites should not guarantee manuscript acceptance or very short peer review times.
  4. Ownership and management: Information about the ownership and/or management of a journal shall be clearly indicated on the journal’s website. Publishers shall not use      organizational or journal names that would mislead potential authors and editors about the nature of the journal’s owner.
  5. Governing body: Journals shall have editorial boards or other governing bodies whose members are recognized experts in the subject areas included within the journal’s scope. The full names and affiliations of the journal’s editorial board or other governing body shall be provided on the journal’s website.
  6. Editorial team/contact information: Journals shall provide the full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors on the journal website as well as contact information for the editorial office, including a full address.
  7. Copyright and Licensing: The policy for copyright shall be clearly stated in the author guidelines and the copyright holder named on all published articles.  Likewise, licensing information shall be clearly described in guidelines on the website, and licensing terms shall be indicated on all published articles, both HTML and PDFs.  If authors are allowed to publish under a Creative Commons license then any specific license requirements shall be noted.  Any policies on posting of final accepted versions or published articles on third party repositories shall be clearly stated.
  8. Author fees: Any fees or charges that are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in the journal shall be clearly stated in a place that is easy for potential authors to find prior to submitting their manuscripts for review or explained to authors before they begin preparing their manuscript for submission.  If no such fees are charged that should also be clearly stated.
  9. Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of  research misconduct: Publishers and editors shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of      papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In no case shall a journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that a journal’s publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal, the publisher or editor shall follow COPE’s guidelines (or equivalent) in dealing with allegations.
  10. Publication Ethics: A journal shall also have policies on publishing ethics. These should be clearly visible on its website, and should refer to: i) Journal policies on authorship and      contributorship; ii) How the journal will handle complaints and appeals; iii) Journal policies on conflicts of interest / competing interests; iv) Journal policies on data sharing and reproducibility; v) Journal’s policy on ethical oversight; vi) Journal’s policy on intellectual property; and vii) Journal’s options for post-publication discussions and corrections.
  11. Publishing schedule: The periodicity at which a journal publishes shall be clearly indicated.
  12. Access: The way(s) in which the journal and individual articles are available to readers and whether there are associated subscription or pay per view fees shall be stated.
  13. Archiving: A journal’s plan for electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content (for example, access to main articles via CLOCKSS or PubMed Central) in the event a journal is no longer published shall be clearly indicated.
  14. Revenue sources: Business models or revenue sources (e.g., author fees, subscriptions, advertising, reprints, institutional support, and organizational support) shall be clearly stated      or otherwise evident on the journal’s website. Publishing fees or waiver status should not influence editorial decision making.
  15. Advertising: Journals shall state their advertising policy if relevant, including what types of adverts will be considered, who makes decisions regarding accepting adverts and whether      they are linked to content or reader behaviour (online only) or are displayed at random. Advertisements should not be related in any way to editorial decision making and shall be kept separate from the published content.
  16. Direct marketing: Any direct marketing activities, including solicitation of manuscripts that are conducted on behalf of the journal, shall be appropriate, well targeted, and unobtrusive.  Information provided about the publisher or journal is expected to be truthful and not misleading for readers or authors.

In the event that a member organization is found to have violated these best practices, or other specific requirements of the organization, OASPA/DOAJ/COPE/WAME shall in the first instance try to work with them in order to address any concerns that have been raised. In the event that the member organization is unable or unwilling to address these concerns, their membership in the organization may be suspended or terminated. All of the member organizations have procedures for dealing with concerns raised about member journals.

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About the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, https://publicationethics.org/)

COPE provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. It also provides a forum for its members to discuss individual cases. COPE does not investigate individual cases but encourages editors to ensure that cases are investigated by the appropriate authorities (usually a research institution or employer). All COPE members are expected to apply COPE principles of publication ethics outlined in the core practices.

About the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ, https://doaj.org)

The mission of the DOAJ is to curate, maintain and develop a source of reliable information about open access scholarly journals on the web; to verify that entries on the list comply with reasonable standards; to increase the visibility, dissemination, discoverability and attraction of open access journals; to enable scholars, libraries, universities, research funders and other stakeholders to benefit from the information and services provided; to facilitate the integration of open access journals into library and aggregator services; to assist, where possible, publishers and their journals to meet reasonable digital publishing standards; and to thereby support the transition of the system of scholarly communication and publishing into a model that serves science, higher education, industry, innovation, societies and the people. Through this work, DOAJ will cooperate and collaborate with all interested parties working toward these objectives.

About the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA, https://oaspa.org/)

OASPA is a trade association that was established in 2008 in order to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) publishers globally across all disciplines. By encouraging collaboration in developing appropriate business models, tools and standards to support OA publishing, OASPA aims to help ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for the benefit of its members and the scholarly communities they serve. This mission is carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.

About the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME, http://www.wame.org)

WAME is a global nonprofit voluntary association of editors of peer-reviewed medical journals who seek to foster cooperation and communication among editors; improve editorial standards; promote professionalism in medical editing through education, self-criticism, and self-regulation; and encourage research on the principles and practice of medical editing. WAME develops policies and recommendations of best practices for medical journal editors and has a syllabus for editors that members are encouraged to follow.

National Taiwan University opts for Ex Libris Alma library services

(January 16, 2018) Ex Libris has announced that National Taiwan University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform to replace the school’s library management system. In addition, NTU’s local implementation of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution will be migrated to the cloud and integrated with the Alma platform. Through the software-as-a-service model, the university library services will enjoy benefit from the real-time synchronization and automatic updates of the Alma and Primo software solutions.

Library Technology Guides has the announcement here.

Five librarians selected as 2018 IFLA/OCLC Fellows2018

Fellows are from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, and Romania

(15 January 2018, Dublin, Ohio) OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has named five librarians selected to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2018. The program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.

The IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program provides advanced continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations and global cooperative librarianship. With the selection of the five Fellows for the class of 2018, the program will have welcomed 90 librarians and information science professionals from 40 different countries.

The 2018 IFLA/OCLC Fellows are:

  • Alehegn Adane Kinde, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • Arnold Mwanzu, International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe), Kenya
  • Irina Livia Niţu, National Library of Romania, Romania
  • Chantelle Richardson, National Library of Jamaica, Jamaica
  • Chandra Pratama Setiawan, Petra Christian University, Indonesia

“The IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program continues to have an impact on libraries and librarians around the world since its inception 17 years ago,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “The program offers experiences, ideas, connections and inspiration to the talented professionals who are selected to participate. They take what they learn here to implement new and innovative programs in their home countries. They go on to become leaders and champions of libraries, to shape the future of libraries and librarianship in different parts of the world, ready and eager to inspire others.”

During the four-week program, from 17 March through 13 April, the Fellows participate in discussions with library and information science leaders, library visits and professional development activities. The program is based at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA.

The announcement in full is here.

Read more about the IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program on the OCLC Next blog.

 

South Korean universities reach agreement with Elsevier after long standoff

(15 January 2018) After a months-long standoff, a consortium of hundreds of South Korean universities has reached a new deal with scientific publisher Elsevier for access to ScienceDirect, a database containing content from 3,500 academic journals and thousands of electronic books. The agreement, which includes price hikes between 3.5% and 3.9%, was concluded shortly before 12 January, the day Elsevier had threatened to cut access to ScienceDirect. The publisher had pushed for a 4.5% increase.

Science has the full story by Dennis Normile.

IFLA World Library and Information Congress participation grants

(15 January 2018) The IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018 has made available funds to provide support for 20 delegates to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by providing them with a free registration.

Priority is given to those applicants:
who are a first time attendee to the World Library and Information Congress
and who are a member of their National Library Association.

Applications should enclose:
curriculum vitae
your motivation concerning the professional benefit of attending the conference (max. 200 words)
proof of membership of national library association (ie. copy of membership card, letter from the association etc.)

(Winners of the grant will have to cover all other costs, ie. travel, accommodation and meals themselves).

Applications should be submitted to:
Email: conferences@ifla.org

Submission deadline:
1 March 2018

You can also find this information on the IFLA WLIC 2018 website.

This announcement is here.

Digital Science launches Dimensions: a Next-generation research and discovery platform linking 124 million documents, providing free search and citation data across 86 million articles

Ground-breaking research information database links publications, grants, policy, data and metrics for the first time

(15 January 2018, Boston, MA, USA and London)  Global technology company Digital Science is proud to announce the launch of Dimensions, a new platform that aims to democratise and transform scholarly search. A collaboration between six Digital Science portfolio companies (Altmetric, Digital Science Consultancy, Figshare, Readcube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch) and more than 100 research funders and universities, Dimensions offers a better, faster way to discover, understand and analyse the global research landscape, without wasting time searching for information across multiple poorly integrated tools.

Dimensions breaks down barriers to discovery and innovation by making over 860 million academic citations freely available, and delivers one-click access to over 9 million Open Access articles. Within Dimensions, 124 million formerly siloed documents, including $1.2 trillion in funding, 86 million articles and books, and 34 million patents, are linked through 3.7 billion connections and contextualised with metrics and altmetrics. Built using real-world use cases, it combines advanced concept extraction, natural language processing, categorization and complex machine learning to create a flexible and robust tool that meets the most demanding modern research needs.

Daniel Hook, CEO at Digital Science, says:

“The Dimensions project is a response to an urgent need for a more modern and inclusive research information platform, one which truly services the needs of both researchers and research institutions. Digital Science has always placed a focus on close collaboration with the scholarly community to develop and deliver solutions that will directly benefit the future of research; in creating Dimensions, we are empowering researchers, institutions, government, funders and publishers to redefine the ways in which scholarly work is discovered and evaluated.”

Whereas previous tools and datasets have focused mostly on publications and citations, Dimensions takes a different approach: by integrating funded grants, publications and citations, altmetric data, clinical trials and patents, a complete picture of the research landscape emerges; from resources entering the system, research outputs, recognition, patents reflecting the commercial trajectory and the translation of medical research into treatments.

Under a pricing model designed to reduce the strain on institutional budgets, research organizations have the option to license additional data types and analytical functionality to benefit from a more comprehensive view of the research landscape. An extension of the one-click access to include publisher content licensed by the institution is also available.

“We believe that access to scholarly data should be available at a fair and sustainable price,” says Christian Herzog, CEO of ÜberResearch and leading the Dimensions efforts within Digital Science. “We want to build a modern, collaborative, sustainable research world, and with the launch of Dimensions we are a step closer to achieving this. This really is the next generation of research discovery.”

Katie Keough, Director of Research Development, State University of New York Upstate Medical University says:

“The Digital Science team have worked closely with the research community and have built this new platform with real-world users in mind. It’s incredibly intuitive and easy to use, and combines unique data that will be extremely valuable in informing decisions made across our institution.”

A new Dimensions API also provides access to the underlying data in the easiest and most flexible way possible, using a domain-specific language designed with non-technical users in mind. The API can be used not just for data retrieval but also to aggregate data or return different facets in one single API call, enabling direct integrations and machine-to-machine implementations.

Development partner Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University at Erasmus University Rotterdam, says:

“Dimensions offers a rich discovery platform for strategic analytics and intelligence on key elements in research performance like granting, publishing, patents and clinical trial dynamics. The Digital Science team has worked closely with the community and has built a solution with real-world users in mind, resulting in a well-designed interface that helps the user to have a very useful and enriching analytic journey.”

Cory Tucker, Head of Continuing Resources & Collections and John Novak, Head of Scholarly Communication Initiatives at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas says:

“Dimensions is an exciting new research database which serves as a gateway to a diverse set of essential information, for not only research administrators but faculty and researchers too. It provides any institution with a research tool that will make the research process more efficient and effective.”

Dimensions is available now, and can be accessed at http://www.dimensions.ai/. For more information on licensing options please get in touch with the dimensions team at info@dimensions.ai.

The announcement is here.

Regional Western Australian Consortium chooses Civica’s Spydus10 to deliver improved library services for a digital age

(18 December 2017, Perth)  Civica, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of critical software applications, digital solutions and outsourcing services that help transform the way organisations work, has announced that a consortium of nine councils in Western Australia’s Great Southern region has chosen Spydus10 for all its libraries. The consortium headed by the City of Albany consists of libraries from the Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kojunup, and Plantagenet.

Spydus10 is Civica’s market-leading, web-based integrated LMS that transforms Australian libraries into digital community spaces where anyone can access, explore, share and create digital content. Spydus10 will replace the current LMS at each of the eight joining libraries in the consortium and streamline their operations while offering increased benefits to their customers.

The consortium will be able to access features such as Spydus’ faceted search and collection browsing. Spydus10 will enable patron discovery and item recommendations based on user profiles, and simplify reporting. The LMS will also offer increased flexibility to the library staff, who will be able to access information anytime, anywhere and from a variety of devices.

Paul Nielsen, Manager Precinct, City of Albany said: “We are delighted to work with Civica on making this library network happen for our region. We hope to achieve our vision of creating physical and virtual community hubs with Spydus10 beyond the City of Albany into our regional council partners. We believe that Spydus10 will help to preserve our social and documentary heritage for current and future generations. With Spydus deployed across the consortium, we will be able to share knowledge and resources across libraries, thereby deepening our partnerships with other councils and the wider community.”

Simon Jones, Managing Director for Civica Library & Education Solutions added: “We are really excited about working with the Great Southern consortium to grow our existing successful partnership with the council across the region. Over the past few years we have been working with our consortia customers to understand how they can grow their own memberships. In addition to growth in the Albany region, we have seen great results with the Western Suburbs consortia in WA and additional libraries added to the South East Library Management Service (SELMS) and the SMART Library service in New Zealand.

“The library team at the City of Albany have demonstrated that collaboration and sharing of knowledge is an important part of what libraries do, and we are pleased to be able to work together to make this service a reality. We are delighted to be a partner of choice in this transformation that will result in added flexibility for library officers and customers, cost efficiencies, and increased community partnership,” he added.

About Civica Group

Civica is a market leader in business critical software, digital solutions and outsourcing services for organisations around the world helping transform the way organisations work. Through experienced people who understand service delivery, we provide essential software applications, technology solutions and business process services to help our customers digitally transform themselves. Drawing on a unique combination of people, technology and business process expertise, Civica supports more than 2,000 major organisations globally with offices in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore and the USA.

About Great Southern Consortium

The Albany Public Library is designated by the State Government as a Regional Library – supporting 8 regional Local Governments (and 12 library branches) in the Great Southern. The region serves a population of over 60,000, with collections of over 120,000 items with approximately 25,000 members. A regional shared service based on Spydus offers significantly enhanced service to both participating Shires and library staff, as well as library users across the region.

The announcement is here.

Wiley Digital Archives announces debut partnership with Royal College of Physicians to provide access to 500 years of medical history

(11 January 2018, Hoboken, N.J.)  John Wiley and Sons Inc., today announced that the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is the latest Wiley Digital Archives partner.

The relationship with  RCP is the first venture between Wiley and this prestigious society—the oldest medical college in England. The digital resource will contain approximately 5 million images, selected from both the archives of the College and from the Dorchester library, and will span over 500 years of history, with some material pre-dating the founding of the Royal College of Physicians by charter of King Henry VIII in 1518.

Pamela Forde, the Royal College of Physicians Archive Manager said, “The RCP collections tell the story of the development of medicine and science over five centuries, via the papers and books of many of the people who shaped that story. We are excited to be working with the Wiley Digital Archives program to provide access to the full range of materials which make up our story.”

The RCP digital archive will reflect interdisciplinary interests in a broad range of subject areas, the content will be selected in coordination with the Royal College of Physicians and with an Advisory Board of experts, led by Dr. Elizabeth (Tilli) M. Tansey, medical historian and neurochemist at the University of London, and Dr. Jacob Steere-Williams, professor of History at Charleston College.

Dr. Elizabeth M. Tansey is a professor of the History of Modern Medical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London. Dr. Tansey is an honorary member of the Physiological Society and in 2017 was appointed as an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. She is also the honorary archivist of the Physiological Society.Dr. Jacob Steere- Williams is currently a professor of History at Charleston College. He specializes in the history of science, medicine, disease and his teachings are in the history of nineteenth century Britain and the British Empire.

In partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, work is underway to conserve, digitize, and create metadata that will greatly enhance access and discoverability to over 5 million page-images of historical content—Wiley’s largest digital archive to-date.

“By bringing to life a vast body of scholarly work and primary sources from the RCP, we seek to support, enrich, and foster research and education across a multitude of fields while  preserving  invaluable historical documents,” said Judy Verses, Executive Vice President of Research, Wiley.

The announcement is here.