BLR acquires HCPro and HealthLeaders Media brands
Longtime SIIA and SIPA member BLR—Business & Legal Resources—has acquired the HCPro and HealthLeaders Media brands and certain assets, it was announced late Friday. This gives BLR, a leading compliance information provider for HR, environmental, safety, and employee training professionals, an important new presence in the coveted healthcare regulation and compliance field.
“For more than 20 years, HCPro has built a reputation for top quality content, solutions and training. It serves its audience of healthcare professionals with the same passion and commitment that drive the team at BLR®,” said BLR CEO Dan Oswald (pictured here). “Bringing these two companies together allows us to continue to expand our business as the leader in compliance information, training, and related solutions.”
“We are delighted that HCPro and Health Leaders will continue to provide their exceptional, valued services to clients in the marketplace under BLR® ownership,” said HCPro CEO Jim Malkin. The acquisition was financed with the assistance of NewStar Financial, Northcreek Mezzanine and Tenth Street Capital.
Thomson Reuters collaborates with SciELO to showcase emerging research
Global scientific content received a boost recently when the Intellectual Property & Science business of SIIA member Thomson Reuters announced a collaboration with Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) to integrate the SciELO Citation Index into their Web of KnowledgeSM.
The initiative will bring greater visibility and improved access to research from emerging economies, particularly Latin America, the Caribbean, South Africa, and developed Ibero-America areas including Spain and Portugal. It will also enable researchers to review and analyze relevant regional content along top-tier international literature.
“It is a pleasure for us to collaborate with SciELO to further the reach of important research from emerging regions, as well as augment our own data by integrating high-quality, Open Access content into Web of Knowledge, “said Christopher Burghardt, vice president of Thomson Reuters Scholarly & Scientific Research.
The SciELO Citation Index will include approximately 650 titles and more than 4 million cited references from Open Access journals. It comes after a similar model was developed for the Chinese Science Citation Database in 2008, and before a planned 2014 launch of a journal database featuring Korean scholarly literature.
New Ebooks platform for IOP Publishing
SIPA member IOP Publishing in the U.K. recently announced both the company’s new ebooks platform and the very first published titles—IOP Expanding Physics and IOP Concise Physics.
The new book content has been fully integrated with IOPscience, the company’s online journals platform for seamless searching and exceptional discoverability. The programme provides multiple options for reading on different devices (HTML, PDF and ePub3) and includes embedded multimedia, interactive charting and MathML.
Olaf Ernst, commercial director for IOP, said: “It has been an incredibly exciting year for everyone working on ebooks at IOP and our partners at M&C. We have some of the leading voices in physics already signed up to publish with us on a diverse range of subjects and a great platform that will change the way authors and readers interact with a book. We believe we can fully meet the needs of the research community in a changing publishing environment.”
Harris authors book on Canadian Copyright Law
Lawyer, copyright expert and SIPA member Lesley Ellen Harris (pictured here) of copyrightlaws.com tackles copyright issues in the completely revised and updated Canadian Copyright Law, 4th Edition. With extensive expertise in managing copyright issues, she sets out existing copyright law in a matter-of-fact and easy-to-understand manner. The Hill Times describes it as, “a useful reference, which could save speechwriters, screenwriters, all writers much grief, and lawyer fees.”
The book covers:
• The latest updates to international agreements;
• New Canadian legislation and court cases relating to copyright law;
• Suggestions on how to protect your work and respond to the unauthorized use of it;
• The complete update on copyright issues relating to digital media in Canada.
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Ronn Levine began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has won numerous writing and publications awards since. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the Newspaper Association of America covering a variety of topics before joining SIPA in 2009 as managing editor. Follow Ronn on Twitter at @SIPAOnline