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ALPSP awards publishing prizes

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The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has announced the winners of its 2008 awards.

The Award for Service to Scholarly Publishing was awarded to Kurt Paulus. He was described by the judges as a great ‘unsung hero’ of scholarly publishing who has quietly made an enormous contribution both at the publisher he served for almost all of his career, in the community and in his work for ALPSP as treasurer and editor of Learned Publishing.

The ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation was awarded to CrossCheck from CrossRef and iParadigms. The judges noted that this anti-plagiarism service 'enhances the crucial issue of trust necessary in a robust scholarly publishing system, and provides a further demonstration of the value and reassurance which the formal publication process can offer to authors, readers, and research funders'. In addition, a Highly Commended Certificate was awarded to Bioscience Horizons from Oxford Journals.

The ALPSP Award for Best New Journal was awarded to Elsevier's Journal of Informetrics. The judges commented that this is an excellent example of the research and planning needed when launching a new journal, combined with the attention needed to integrate it into a particular research community. A Highly Commended Certificate was given to ACS Nano from the American Chemical Society.