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Understanding tomorrow's needs

Charles Hutchings of JISC and Joanna Newman of the British Library explain what a new study is revealing about the way young researchers work and how they can be supported

Unique challenges shape society plans

A BMJ-hosted symposium in June saw decision-makers from a range of biomedical society publishers discussing the future of society journals publishing, writes Charlie Rapple

China presents challenges and opportunities

In the August/September issue of Research Information we asked a range of people about the needs and challenges of Chinese researchers accessing information and communicating their research results. Now, Sian Harris asks what this means for Western publishers working in China, and for Chinese publishers wanting to move into international markets

Web Publisher gets to the heart of obesity

When The National Heart Forum began developing its international databases for obesity studies, it needed a reliable, simple-to-use bibliographic reference management software package, writes Michelle Boness

New life for old resources

Digitising and tagging resources helps researchers find what they need, says Alastair Horne, innovations manager of Cambridge University Press

Digging into data in new ways

New large-scale data analysis techniques of many different types of data sets can give researchers new insight, writes Alastair Dunning

Librarians and researchers network online

It is still early days for librarians networking with users online, but there are plenty of potential benefits if librarians and their organisations get it right, writes David Stuart

East meets West as research grows

In the first of a two-part look at publishing in China, Siân Harris asks people involved in research and in supplying research content in China about the challenges for finding out and communicating research results

Riding the wave helps platform development

MetaPress has recently launched a beta version of a new content management and hosting system, Mozaic. To help share ideas about this major project, the company's R&D team turned to Google Wave but since this article was first published Google announced it will stop this tool. Jeff Stewart describes the benefits of using Google Wave in development and invites readers to discuss the impacts of Google's new decision

Working together to discover information

Elsevier's ScienceDirect platform is now 10 years old. We ask Rafael Sidi, the company's VP of product development, how things have changed over that time and what the future holds

Research in an 'app'

With new scholarly information products for smartphones being announced almost daily, Sian Harris looks at why this delivery approach is becoming so popular with information providers and users

Partnerships enhance scientific discovery

Good interaction between published papers and raw data can speed scientific discovery, write IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg (left) and Judson Dunham, who are involved in creating such links at Elsevier

Integrating e-books and searches

Over recent months there have been several big announcements from EBSCO, including the purchase of e-book aggregator NetLibrary from OCLC and the launch of EBSCO Discovery Service. We asked Tim Collins, president and general manager of EBSCO Publishing, to tell us more about the company's plans

Communities debate industry

Siân Harris discovers how Elsevier's online product-development communities are encouraging networking and discussions about scholarly publishing

Open to debate

The humanities and social sciences have been reluctant to adopt open-access publishing, but change is afoot, reports Rebecca Pool

Why e-books mean business

After the two-year long e-book observatory project, JISC's Caren Milloy reports on a new project to investigate the best business models for e-books and their potential impact on print sales

Assessing online usage

Joachim Schöpfel and Chérifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri report back from a recent symposium on assessing online usage of academic resources held in Lille, France

Sharing and innovating

We ask Victor Henning, one of the founders and directors of Mendeley, about the reference management start-up

Libraries of the future

Siân Harris reports back from the Online Information conference that was held in London in December

E-books face bright future

Discussions about the potential of electronic books were enthusiastic despite near-term challenges at the recent Online Information show in London, as Tom Wilkie and Siân Harris discovered

Fittest will survive in a semantic world

The survival of traditional publishers in a rapidly-evolving environment will depend on their ability to identify what their customers most need, and keep delivering this, writes Melinda Kenneway of TBI Communications

Service enables applications to search journals

In October 2009, Nature Publishing Group (NPG) launched a new service to allow remote searching of the platform via OpenSearch. We ask Tony Hammond, application architect at NPG, what the new service is all about

Finding meaning from chaos

Web technologies offer researchers new ways to find and use information but publishers need to innovate to help them, believes John Haynes, vice president of publishing at the American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Industry tackles polarisation in access debate

At the ALPSP annual conference in September Fred Dylla of American Institute of Physics revealed how a new group from across the industry is seeking to find common ground in the open access stand-off, writes Siân Harris

Untangling digital rights

The possibilities that networked electronic resources offer to researchers are extensive but do they know what they are allowed to do with the content available to them? Siân Harris and John Murphy ask about the challenges of licensing and rights management

We need to convince the taxpayer

Science communication should go beyond peer-reviewed journals and conferences if the public are to engage with scientific developments, argues Jonathon Rees

Information integration may not be enough

Integrating information in academic libraries is very important but some users don't know how to find this information in the first place. Credo Reference is taking on the challenge of enticing users to their libraries' resources, writes John Dove

Marketing to readers

Jacek Ciesielski, general manager of Poland-based publisher Versita believes that article-level marketing helps attract good papers and boost journal impact factors

The slow rise of e-books

Arnaud Pellé of Emerald Group Publishing takes a look at the history of e-books and what their future holds

Strength in numbers

John Murphy discovers how HighWire provides technology and community to more than 140 publishers

Evolution not revolution

Olaf Ernst, Springer's president of eProduct management and innovation, talks about some of the new developments in electronic publishing

CUP launches digital archive

John Murphy finds out about the challenges that Cambridge University Press (CUP) faced in digitising its complete journal archive

Published data needs standards

Accessing original datasets is becoming increasingly important in research today but finding this data can be a challenge. Toby Green, head of publishing for OECD, argues the case for standards to help researchers find and cite published datasets and tables

Switzerland builds next-generation metacatalogue

Four languages, five metadata standards, 13 OPACS, four federated search platforms and more than 800 libraries... Tobias Viegener reveals the challenges in building a nationwide search platform for Switzerland

Finland's information backbone

Kai Ekholm has been director of the National Library of Finland since 2001. He is also chair of IFLA's Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE)

Helping to do right with rights

Mark Bide, project director of ACAP, explains how publishers can make their rights and those of their authors clear to search engines and why he believes such efforts are required

Licences are valuable tools

Alicia Wise, chief executive of the UK's Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) and also on secondment to the Publishers Association, explains why licences are particularly valuable now that so much content is digital

Proof in preservation

SAGE has recently released two journals to preservation initiatives. Clive Parry reveals what this experience has taught the scholarly publishing industry

Digitisation helps future proof Dutch literature

The Digital Library for Dutch Literature (Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren, DBNL) is partnering with an Asia-based conversion and digitisation services provider, SPi Technologies to build one of the largest online repositories of Dutch literature. We asked Rene van Stipriaan, editor-in-chief of DBNL, why the resulting website is becoming one of the most popular sites on Dutch literature and is attracting visitors from all walks of life

Redefining e-books

There's little doubt that e-books are a hot topic for publishers and librarians. Sian Harris asked some people involved with e-books in different ways what the situation is like at the moment and what they predict for the future

Simplicity and complexity

CABI, which is owned by the governments of 42 countries, will celebrate its 100th birthday next year. We asked Carol McNamara, executive director for commercial activities, about what the organisation has seen in the past and its plans for the future