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International Association of STM Publishers is seeking tenders by consultants for representation in North America
STM, the leading international trade association for academic and professional publishers, with members in over 27 countries (who collectively publish over two thirds of all scholarly papers globally and tens of thousands of monographs, references and novel electronic products each year), is seeking tenders from appropriately qualified consultants to represent STM to current and potential members in North America and to manage the membership portfolio of the Association’s international activities.

Tenders should outline how their consultancy will help STM create awareness of “STM North America”, maintain and grow its presence and brand recognition in the United States, efficiently manage a member contact programme, assist STM administrative staff in renewals and member relations globally, and propose and achieve clear measurable targets for 2015. Successful tenders will demonstrate the range of contacts possessed by the consultant, their experience in working with a wide variety of individuals and companies within the North American STM industry and demonstrate some experience of working within a decentralised international organisation.

Please contact Michael Mabe, CEO, STM at mabe@stm-assoc.org for further details and send completed written proposals (PDF or MS Word format) in confidence by 12 December 2014.

Open Access
Following the recent announcement of the revised 2nd draft Open Access policy of DBT/DST STM prepared the following submission.

New Member
STM welcomes new member: WriteLaTeX Ltd

APE 2015: Web25 - the Road Ahead (19th - 21st January 2015)
STM is cosponsoring the annual APE conference, now in it's tenth year. STM Members are eligible for a 25% discount on registration

Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave MacMillan release Author Insights survey data
NPG and Palgrave Macmillan have released the data from their Author Insights survey containing the views of over 30,000 researchers on open access. The data and summaries are available to view and download via Figshare

Research Data Webinar: Recordings and Slides available
In collaboration with WDS (Word Data System of ICSU) and the RDA (Research Data Alliance), STM held another webinar on Research Data on October 2, 2014. Slides and recordings of the webinar are now available, so come and hear about the progress in the work done on workflows for publishing data (integrated into journal article submissions), bibliometrics for data, a generic system to link data and publications and cost modelling. Speakers included Michael Diepenbroek (Pangaea), Elizabeth Newbold (British Library), Hylke Koers (Elsevier), Sara Callaghan (STFC) and Simon Hodson (CoData). Moderator; Eefke Smit (STM). The webinar had around 65 attendees. All presentations are available under this link, as recordings and in pdf: https://www.icsu-wds.org/community/webinars/webinar-3

Swets Liquidation – Members Only
STM has engaged with the Curator of Swets Information Systems BV to obtain information on the bankruptcy and procedures, and has communicated on a regular basis with STM Heads of House and a group comprised of STM’s Copyright and Legal Affairs Committee and representatives of Houses actively interested in the Swets case.   A chronological list of these communications, with links to the documents is now available for members.

IFRRO launches Value of Copyright campaign to improve level of copyright debate
CopyrightLink.org website unveiled as new online home for information on copyright. Read more here.

Anti-bribery and corruption
STM has released a set of anti-bribery and corruption principles to assist Members and Publishers Solutions International have been selected to lead a voluntary compliance scheme. Read more here

Results of the STM 2014 Board Elections
Newly elected and current Board members can be found at http://www.stm-assoc.org/about-stm/stm-board

Making Open Access Licensing Work: Sample licenses from STM
The Association has produced sample licences for a variety of uses within open access publishing. The licences have been designed to provide easy to use, ready-made terms and conditions which publishers can adopt and/or adapt to the needs of their users.  Click for more.


PLOS Data Policy Update

From the beginning of March 2014, Public Library of Science will  require all their authors to make the data from their research findings publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication. PLOS has issued a detailed FAQ which includes information on the update and covers areas such as standards and exemptions. You can also visit WIRED who covered the data policy change announcement.


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