Monday 28 May 2012

Thursday 17 May 2012

Brill and Publishing Technology celebrate launch of Brill Online

- Longstanding partnership yields strategic new e-resource of aggregated content -
Oxford, 17 May 2012 – Publishing Technology, the largest provider of software and services to the publishing industry, along with Dutch publisher and long-term partner BRILL, announce the launch of the new aggregated scholarly portal, Brill Online Books and Journals.
For the first time, all of Brill’s content from 20 subject specialities across three imprints (BRILL, Global Oriental and Martinus Nijhoff Publishers) is integrated within a single resource.  At launch, the site includes 175 journals and 2,400 e-books, equating to over 150,000 distinct articles and chapters. The new platform is designed with a semantic architecture providing students, researchers and teachers with an enhanced user experience through enriched content and increased discoverability.
Transitioning much of its content from Publishing Technology’s ingentaconnect solution, Brill has moved to a custom pub2web platform to consolidate content assets previously distributed across multiple resources.  The publisher now commands an agile and adaptable site ensuring long-term cost efficiency and a solid and flexible base for future innovation and experimentation.
Brill Online Books and Journals now features;
  • search and browse of content by title, type, subject or imprint
  • preservation of individual imprint catalogues and brand
  • faceted search and browse functionality, facilitating greater discoverability
  • usability enhancements such as the introduction of auto-suggestions within search
  • ability to create new categories of collections across both journals and e-books
  • promotional features for generating content recommendations to libraries
  • integration with back-end enterprise systems, for consolidated production workflow
Sam Bruinsma, Director of Business Development, BRILL, commented: “We are excited to launch our next generation online platform, one of the richest scholarly resources of its kind. We have worked closely with Publishing Technology to implement a digital strategy which drives discovery and usage, allows us to quickly and easily capitalize on the latest business models for online delivery, and gain important workflow efficiencies with close integration with our key back office systems.”
Louise Russell, Chief Operating Officer for Online Solutions at Publishing Technology, said: “As a highly-valued customer for over 12 years, we are very proud to deliver the next step in BRILL’s digital strategy. The combination of book and journal content within a single platform brings immediate benefits for BRILL and their customers but also generates a number of existing opportunities for future innovation. By providing the reassurance of a leading edge platform with a clear product development roadmap, we provide a foundation for agile and efficient innovation and look forward to collaborating further with BRILL – the journey does not end at launch!”   
For more information about Publishing Technology’s online publishing services,
please visit our booth (#207) at the SSP 34th Annual Meeting,
May 30-June 1, Marriott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, VA.
Notes to Editors:
For more information, please contact:
Emily Taylor Gregory, Publishing Technology plc
Tel: +44 1865 397873

Publishing Technology plc:
Publishing Technology’s products and services include advance, ingentaconnect, VISTA, author2reader, pub2web, ICS and PCG. The Publishing Technology group enables publishers to focus on their core competences by providing a single, trusted partner for both technology requirements and business development services. It is one of the largest providers of software and services for the publishing industry, servicing eight out of ten of the world's largest publishers. The group’s proposition uniquely spans front and back office systems – complemented by a range of business development services – to provide the industry's only end-to-end suite of software specifically designed to support the publishing process. Capabilities cover editorial & production, product information, billing & fulfilment, content conversion & hosting, website development, marketing programs, information commerce, customer relationship management, rights & royalties and business intelligence. All application modules can be configured independently to meet specific publishers' needs and to allow flexible integration with existing systems. Associated sales and marketing services include consultancy and research, sales representation and telemarketing. The company is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and has offices in the UK, US, Brazil, India, China and Australia.
About pub2web
pub2web™ is a customized, multi-content publications platform—delivering all the functionality needed to support evolving online strategies and to satisfy the user base, however diverse their needs. Customers benefit from proven, regularly-updated technology while also maintaining full control of their brand, their content and their user relationships. It allows customers to help their users to explore all their content – whatever its format – with progressive browsing options driven by pub2web’s award-winning data storage and modelling.
Visit, follow on Twitter @publishingtech, or connect on LinkedIn.
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, BRILL is a leading international academic publisher in the fields of Ancient Near East and Egypt; Middle East and Islamic Studies; Asian Studies (incl. Hotei imprint and Global Oriental imprint); Classical Studies; Medieval and Early Modern Studies; contemporary History and History of War studies; Biblical and Religious Studies; Slavic Studies; Language & Linguistics; Biology; Science (VSP imprint); Human Rights and Public International Law (Martinus Nijhoff imprint). With offices in Leiden and Boston (MA), Brill today publishes more than 130 journals and around 600 new books and reference works each year. In principle all publications are made available in both print and electronic form. Following the acquisition of IDC Publishers in 2006 a large number of collections and databases with primary sources are marketed in the same academic fields. Key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. BRILL is a publicly traded company and listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information please go to

Friday 11 May 2012

Fourth International M-Libraries Conference 24-26 September 2012

“From margin to mainstream: mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries”

Mobile technology has transformed so many aspects of our lives: how we work, how we communicate, how we study and how we play. This conference will explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users via a growing plethora of mobile and hand-held devices.

The m-libraries conference offers you the opportunity to find out more about the transformation of services, learners or providers because of mobile technology, and hear about the inspiring and innovative projects which challenge current thinking and practice.

The fourth International m-libraries Conference (hosted by The Open University and Athabasca University) will bring together researchers, educators, technical developers, managers and library professionals to share experience and exchange expertise with colleagues at the cutting edge of mobile use and development, and to generate ideas for future developments.

This exciting and engaging conference will be held at The Open University in Milton Keynes from 24 - 26 September 2012.

Delegate registration is now open with early bird rates available until 10 June 2012.

Keynote speakers include:
·                     Ellyssa Kroski, New York Law Institute (US)
·                     Char Booth, Claremont Colleges (US)
·                     Thomas Cochrane, AUT University’s Centre for Learning and Teaching (NZ)
·                     Steve Vosloo, Programme Specialist in Mobile Learning at UNESCO (FR)

For more information about the conference including the full list of speakers go to:

Thursday 3 May 2012

The IET addresses the growing field of biometric recognition in its new journal

2 May 2012 - The Institution of Engineering and Technology, one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, announces the launch of its latest journal, IET Biometrics. Joining the IET’s extensive portfolio of research journals, IET Biometrics explores developments in the growing field of biometric recognition and technology, enhancing the breadth of information available to the research community. Its broad scope will make it a valuable reference for both industry and academia. 

Professor Michael Fairhurst, an expert in biometrics at the University of Kent and Editor-in-Chief of IET Biometrics said: ‘This new journal aims to bring together all the diverse strands of research in biometrics, providing a single focus for stakeholders in this area to share their knowledge and keep up to date with cutting edge developments.  In this way we hope it will be a catalyst for promoting collaborations, and in a small but significant way to bridge the gap between what happens in the laboratory and what is required to turn good ideas into practical systems.   IET Biometrics should be considered a major journal devoted to reporting and promoting all aspects of biometrics, and capturing the full richness and diversity of the field.’

Daniel Smith, IET Head of Academic Publishing said: ‘With the IET’s focus including coverage of ‘security in the modern world’, it is extremely timely to be launching a new journal in the field of biometrics.  IET Biometrics brings together both fundamental research and application-led work of high quality, to ensure its value to the biometrics community at large, including government agencies, academic researchers, and relevant commercial organisations with interests in the field.’

The first two issues of IET Biometrics will be available free of charge on the IET’s Digital Library. 


Media enquiries to:
Olivia Allen
Harvard PR
0207 861 2844 / 0207 861 3967

IET Journals
The IET has a portfolio of highly cited research journals and letters journals in electronics, electrical engineering and related subjects which are available online through the IET Digital Library together with conference proceedings, seminar digests, magazines and eBooks

For more information, visit

About the IET
The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.

For more information, visit 

Sage launches Social Science Bites


SAGE launches Social Science Bites: interviews with leading social scientists on topics that matter.


London, UK (2nd May 2012) – SAGE, the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher, today announced the launch of a new podcast: Social Science Bites, a series of interviews with leading social scientists on different aspects of the social world.

The series is produced and presented by well known authors Nigel Warburton (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, The Open University) and David Edmonds (Senior Research Associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics) following the enormous success of their existing podcast series, Philosophy Bites, which has had more than 13 million downloads.

“We’ve been stunned by the success of Philosophy Bites which is listened to around the globe,” said Nigel Warburton. “Short podcast interviews provide an excellent vehicle for communicating ideas in an accessible, direct, and interesting way. We’re delighted that SAGE has encouraged us to turn our attention to the Social Sciences.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to engage with some of the most important issues of our day with leading thinkers and researchers. We’ve already recorded interviews on topics as diverse as the nature of the social sciences, equality, co-operation, children and the Internet, and the spirit of cities, and have many more interviews planned with top social scientists on a very broad range of topics.”

The series is launching with three episodes: Danny Dorling on Inequality; Rom Harré on the Nature of the Social Sciences; and Richard Sennett on Co-operation. These will be available with transcripts from (hosted on the international blog network Future episodes, released monthly, will include interviews with Sonia Livingstone, Angela McRobbie, Stephen Pinker, Steven Kosslyn, Stephen Reicher, and Avner de-Shalit. 

“SAGE has long championed the value of the social sciences in shaping our understanding of society and culture,” said Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director, SAGE. “As a true addict of Philosophy Bites I have long admired the creative energy and unobtrusive skill that Nigel and Dave have brought to each podcast. I'm thrilled to see them bring the same blend of intellectual enthusiasm and know how to Social Science Bites, and expect there will be wide interest among academics, media, policy makers and the general public.”
To listen to the first episodes of the podcast and download transcripts visit

Notes to Editors:

Launch: Members of the press are invited to register for a free ticket to a launch reception where editors Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds will introduce this new series: 10th May, 6:30 – 9:30pm at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH. Places are limited so please RSVP. Contact:   

Initial podcast summaries:
Danny Dorling: Current inequality in the rich world is at the highest it has been since the 1920s. Hear Danny Dorling discussing the “staggering” disparity between rich and poor which has become a defining measure of our times. How did it happen? Why does it matter? And is it sustainable?
Rom Harré: “Everybody lives in a society...They want to know what it is they’re living in,” says Rom Harré in this exploration of the nature of the social sciences. How do they differ from the physical sciences? What challenges do they face? What is their value?
Richard Sennett: Co-operation is working with people to do things you can’t do yourself. How can you co-operate with people who don’t share your values? According to Richard Sennett, such co-operation is a craft that needs to be learnt.

Editor biographies:
David Edmonds is a Senior Research Associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.  He is also a radio documentary maker for the BBC World Service: he has made programmes in over 60 countries, and has won many awards.  He is the author or co-author of several books which have been translated into 25 languages.  They include, with John Eidinow, the international bestseller Wittgenstein's Poker (short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, Bobby Fischer Goes To War (long-listed for the Samuel Johnson prize) and Rousseau's Dog.  With Nigel Warburton he co-runs Philosophy Bites (, the popular philosophy podcast which has had 13 million downloads.  David studied for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Oxford and has a PhD in philosophy from the Open University.  He is a Contributing Editor for Prospect Magazine. He has held fellowships from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. 
Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University, an honorary associate research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy (London University), and Senior Research Associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He was recently described in The Observer as 'one of the most-read popular philosophers of our time'. He is  the main interviewer for the Philosophy Bites podcast ( which he makes with David Edmonds. His books include A Little History of PhilosophyPhilosophy: The BasicsThinking from A to ZThe Art QuestionFree Speech: A Very Short Introduction, and Ernö Goldfinger: the life of an architect. He has also edited a book about the photographer Bill Brandt. With David Edmonds he is co-editor of the books Philosophy BItes, and the forthcoming Philosophy Bites Back.  His weblogs include Virtual Philosopher ( and Art and Allusion ( Nigel regularly teaches courses on aesthetics for Tate Modern, and is a frequent contributor to BBC radio programmes as an interviewee and occasionally as a presenter. Further details about Nigel's publications and podcasts are available from

SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.

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