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The path to integration

Last May, ProQuest bought e-book aggregator EBL. Sian Harris finds out about the company's plans to bring this and other businesses more closely together

Algorithms help assign reviewers more quickly

Automating allocation of reviewers can speed up the review process - but the information about the reviewers' interests need to be good. Sian Harris speaks to the co-founder and CEO of open-access publisher Frontiers

Patent power

We ask Ann Chapman, co-founder of Minesoft, about patent information and 10 years of the PatBase patent database

Preserving global scholarship

As preservation professionals meet the rising demands of traditional publishers, can they also attend to the needs of riskier ventures, asks Rebecca Pool

Carving new roles in the library

Many discussions at the Online Information 2013 conference focused on the changes and opportunities for information professionals, writes Sian Harris

Publishing platforms evolve

Technology plays a major role in how we find and use information today. Sian Harris finds out about some of the trends and challenges with publishing platforms

A long-term perspective

Bob Campbell is soon to retire from his role of senior publisher at Wiley after nearly half a century in the publishing industry. He shares some of his thoughts

APCs add complexity to the role of librarians

Earlier this year SAGE and Jisc organised a librarian roundtable to examine the implications of managing article-processing charges. Siân Harris, who also wrote the report of the event, describes some of the key findings

A changing environment

Ron Mobed, CEO of Elsevier, shares his thoughts on research trends, open access, and publisher profit-margins

Publishing at sea

Seth Cayley reveals the story behind the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition, which Cengage has recently digitised and released

Digitising source material

Digitisation is a major part of the work of primary sources publisher Adam Matthew. Philippa Hubbard explains the process involved in selecting and digitising resources

Mining for insight

Siân Harris investigates the role of text and data mining in research - and what the publishing industry is doing, and could do, to help

Meeting mobile needs

The role of mobile access to research information is growing. Siân Harris reports back from the SLA conference on what researchers and students want and what is being delivered today

The globalisation of education

Linden Harris discusses the rising popularity of 'Massive Open Online Courses' and how they could change higher education on a global scale

Completing the information cycle

Text mining, altmetrics and data sharing are all hot topics today. Sian Harris meets some of the people behind the raft of small technology businesses that collectively make up Digital Science

The path to discovery

Faced with a bewildering array of resources from a wide range of sources, it can be hard for a researcher to find the right information. Libraries can help by providing good discovery tools. Sian Harris asked some of the companies that provide such tools about the issues that libraries should consider

Connecting digital heritage

In April the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) opened its virtual doors for the first time. Executive director Dan Cohen reveals more

A new approach to peer review

Towards the end of 2011 a group of Finnish academics came up with a new approach to the peer-review process. The result is a company called Peerage of Science. We find out more from one of its founders and managing director, Janne-Tuomas Seppanen

Information about innovation

The past few decades have seen big changes in the patent landscape and how patent information is discovered and used. Ann Chapman reflects on some of the trends

Broadening and evolving

Traditional subscription agents have increasingly evolved into information intermediaries. Two of these companies explain why and give their perspectives on challenges facing research libraries and scholarly publishing

Powering future discovery

The semantic web, linked data and RDF triples are all hot topics at the moment. Sian Harris finds out what impact they are having, and will have, on resources for research

Insight for diagnosis

A child's life-threatening misdiagnosis and a father's determination to help doctors better recognise rare symptoms in the future led to the formation of Isabel Healthcare. Sian Harris finds out how

Researching India

Government policies on research, open-access discussions and the role of different information sources are important topics. N V Sathyanarayana, chairman and managing director of Informatics (India), gives a perspective of the industry in India

Making metrics more relevant

There are many questions about the relevance today of measuring the impact of research based on citations of journal articles. David Stuart examines whether emerging alternative metrics could provide some better insight

Information for invention

Engineering underpins every part of our lives. Sian Harris finds out about the information needs of engineers today

Is it an article? Is it a book? No, it's...

For some pieces of research, journal papers do not provide enough space to properly expand an argument but a monograph is too long. Sian Harris finds out why Palgrave MacMillan's authors are excited by a new programme that promises 'research at its natural length'

The changing face of databases

As researchers are presented with many more ways to find scholarly papers online, Siân Harris takes a look at the roles of the traditional A&I database and potential disruptors

Considering rights in a digital age

Emily Goodhand examines the implications of recent copyright announcements and news, and speculates on whether a happy medium in digital copyright will ever truly be achieved

Free tool helps with journal selection

Choosing which journal to publish your research in can be tricky and if English is not your native language it can be more difficult. Siân Harris finds out about a free, online tool to help with the task, whatever your native language is

User needs are crucial

Peter Philips has recently become chief executive of Cambridge University Press. We asked him about his vision for the industry

Innovation boosts article formats

The choice of how to read journal articles goes beyond simply comparing flat PDFs with potentially-changing HTML versions, as a debate at the recent UKSG meeting revealed

Planning for mobile

Charlie Rapple provides some tips for publishers and others as they seek to develop a mobile presence

Bringing information to doctors

With public-sector cuts widespread and the costs of providing healthcare going up, information for health professionals is being increasingly squeezed. Sian Harris reports on challenges facing medical librarians and clinicians and some of the tools that are emerging to help make sense of the mass of health information available

Textbooks go 'all you can eat'

Students' experience of textbooks and other learning resources could be transformed if the plans of startup company Flooved are successful, writes Sian Harris

Reaching for the stars

Former astrophysicist Ian Mulvany has recently moved from Mendeley to take on the role of head of technology at the new open-access journal eLife. He talks about the vision for the funder-funded venture and the economics of open access

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