Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Wiley-Blackwell to expand partnership with BERA

STM publisher Wiley-Blackwell has expanded its partnership with the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and will now publish two additional BERA journals.

From 2013, Wiley-Backwell will publish the British Educational Research Journal and the new Review of Education: An International Journal of Major Studies in Education. This new international online only journal will cover major studies, reviews and research syntheses.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Informa and Centaur report digital growth

A feature on PaidContent today reports the improved fortunes of two business information publishers following moves toward digital subscriptions.
Centaur, the publisher of New Media Age and The Lawyer has reported that its digital revenues now make up 32% of its overall revenue. This week, Centaur acquired Profile Group.
Informa (Lloyd’s List and Datamonitor) have reported that 2011’s digital formed 74% of its total revenue in 2011. Informa’s ebook sales were also up (11%) and now make up 12% of its total academic book sales.
For more on this story, read the full PaidContent story.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Aslib’s Business Information Group

A Community of Practice brings together individuals with a common interest or purpose and enables them to develop and advance their skills on both an individual and collective level.
Aslib’s new Business Information Community of Practice (BICOP) sets out to help promote and share good practice in searching for, exploiting, and managing business information. The inaugural meeting (22 February 2012) was held at City Business Library (CBL). Attendees networked and heard two presentations – one on career development by Jeremy Clarke of Sue Hill Recruitment and one by Goretti Considine, Business Librarian at City Business Library. She spoke about engaging user communities, stretching service offerings and marketing a service.
The City Business Library is a public library with a target market of SMEs, business start-ups and individuals. Having moved to the Guildhall complex in the last 18 months, its new location has helped to raise the Library’s profile. The Library space is also a great venue, and recent successes in building this part of the service mean CBL hosts anything up to 80 events a month.
However, what has really contributed to the ongoing success of the Library is the zero-budget advocacy and marketing undertaken by the staff. A mixture of continuous networking, clarity in the marketing messages, approachability and some risk taking have helped the Library to find sponsors, new customers, speakers, trainers and vocal supporters.
Lessons from Goretti
  • Attend as many networking events as possible – even ones which seem marginal
  • Have a great opening line (Goretti uses “you can’t afford not to talk to me” and has a follow up elevator speech ready
  • Don’t go anywhere without your business cards!
  • Don’t be afraid to stretch yourself – the Library now offers a Job Club for example
  • Take risks and remember “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”
The evening was introduced and concluded by Graham Coult, the editor of Managing Information. The enthusiastic networking of the delegates show that there is great enthusiasm for business-focused networking opportunities.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

LexisNexis launches UK legal apps

With customers increasingly expecting information on the move, LexisNexis has released its first UK iPhone/iPad apps for the legal market.
Legal Terms provides mobile access to key points of law, including the definitions of legal terms, legislation and key cases. On the Case enables customers to search for cases by name, keyword or citation.
The apps are free to use for subscribers of Lexis®Library.
More information from LexisNexis.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

We are launching a new 'best paper' prize!

BIR Annual Best Paper Prize
We are pleased to announce that from 2012, Business Information Review will award a new annual prize of £100 and £100 worth of SAGE books or individual journal subscriptions to the author of the best paper published each year.
Winners will be selected by the Editorial Board, and an announcement placed in the journal and on the website.
For more information on the scope of the journal and how to contribute, visit the journal's webpage.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Sage journals go mobile

Sage's entire online journal collection is now available in a mobile-optimised format.
From now on, users accessing the journals via mobile devices (iPhones, smartphones and androids) will find themselves viewing content in a format designed specifically for mobile access. They will still, however, have access to the full text content of the current issue.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

La Tribune ceases print edition

La Tribune, the French financial newspaper launched in 1985 is no longer producing its daily newsprint edition.
France Economie Régions and Hi-Média, the new owner, says that news will be published daily on its website and that a weekly print edition will be produced from 6 April.
More on this story from The Guardian.