Iberoamericana Vervuert and De Gruyter have joined hands for a commercial partnership for eBooks. They will be selling more than 1,500 front and backlist Iberoamericana Vervuert titles with De Gruyter’s significant Romance Studies publishing program. The partnership will result in an eBook collection for Romance Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies of over 3,000 titles. According to both, their goal is to support and develop Spanish and Latin American Studies globally.
Cambridge University Press has announced the expansion of its online platform “Author Hub” to assist book authors at every stage. Since its start in 2013, Author Hub has offered services to current and prospective authors and has supported authors in the publishing process. The platform will enable prospective authors to gain more knowledge about publishing with the press and connect with the editorial teams directly. The platform will provide latest news and developments from the Press. It will even help authors to raise their profile and will make their work more discoverable online.
Publons, a website used by academics to track, verify and showcase their peer review and editorial contributions across the world’s academic journals, has announced a long-term partnership with Taylor & Francis. Under the arrangement, both parties will provide automated recognition to peer reviewers for up to 250 academic journals.
On 9th March, the publisher, Peter Lang has announced plans to make 11 of its subscription-based journals full open access. IngentaOpen, the new Open Access platform, will provide free online access to these journal articles, starting with each journal’s first issue of 2018 with a CC-BY license. Kelly Shergill, CEO of Peter Lang, has expressed his happiness about the step and hoped that the transition would benefit all parties.
The Ministry of Education in Beijing has approached China’s universities to provide Taiwanese students and graduates equal status with mainland Chinese. It has appealed the mainland universities to moderate entrance requirements for Taiwan students so that Taiwanese high school graduates with a passing grade can apply- previously Taiwan students with high-marks were eligible, and the overall numbers were limited. Graduate salaries on the mainland are more than in Taiwan where salaries have declined over the past decade or more, causing a major constraint among educated people. Li Keqiang, the current Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, delivered at the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress that the mainland would grant Taiwanese companies and individuals’ better access to opportunities and facilities across the strait. He added that the aim would be to gradually allow Taiwanese to receive the same treatment as mainlanders while studying, doing business, working or living on the mainland.
Gorgias Press and De Gruyter have come together to form a editorial and commercial agreement for Gorgias Press titles. This agreement will entitle eBook versions of all Gorgias Press titles to be available on degruyter.com. The contract includes the Gorgias Press output of 75 titles per year and a backlist of more than 3,000 titles, all well-known in their fields for their excellent level of quality.
A study published today by the African Academy of Sciences is calling for reform of African national science, technology and innovation policies to augment development that drives progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. The study, Africa Beyond 2030: Leveraging Science and Innovation to Secure Sustainable Development Goals, is based on extensive literature review, surveys and interviews with scientists, policymakers and development partners between 2016 and 2017 and details specific policy measures that countries must-individually and collectively-take to leverage STI to achieve the SDGs.
According to a new report from Wellcome, the European Research Area should be vitalized and broadened as part of the Brexit process. The recommendations by the Future Partnership Project propose that the UK should pay for and access European research funding and regulate scientific research between the UK and EU. It emphasizes full researcher mobility between the UK and the European Economic Area (EEA) to enable the scientific workforce and their families to move smoothly between countries.
To minimize the risks from volatile stock markets, SpringerNature, the publisher of science magazine Nature, has proposed a Frankfurt listing valued at 7 billion euros ($8.6 billion) including debt. The company, which also prints Scientific American, plans to launch its IPO in May. Bookrunners Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas, and global coordinators JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, have been appointed to help with the listing.
Uzbekistan opened a new university named Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan in January. The university is meant for Islamic studies which will focus on scholarly knowledge about Islam and would create an atmosphere of religious tolerance in Uzbek society and beyond in Central Asia. It will also provide the highest and secondary special religious education institutions of the country with highly qualified scientific and pedagogical staff.