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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

Swets files for bankruptcy
Following the suspension of payment for Swets & Zeitlinger Group BV, granted by the court in Amsterdam on 19 September, the Management  team, together with Mr J.L.M. Groenewegen (CMS),  the appointed administrator, have been working tirelessly to investigate alternatives for the business. Unfortunately, concrete alternatives to sell the business as a whole have not materialised and due to these developments Swets Information Services B.V. filed for bankruptcy on 23 September 2014. The court of Amsterdam honoured this request and as per 23 September 2014 Swets Information Services B.V. is declared bankrupt. Read the full announcement on the Swets website  

EU stakeholder workshop: What do publishers need to innovate?
How can the EU support research & innovation? European innovators tell their tale.
A range of new EU funding programmes (e.g. Horizon2020, Creative Europe) target the creative industries.The workshop connects stakeholders from publishing, technology and the adjacent creative industries on a European level and discusses the needs of publishing when it comes to access to research and finance.

When Wednesday 8 October
2:00 to 4:30pm - Workshop
5:00 to 6pm - Optional guided tour “Innovation@Book_Fair”
Where Fair grounds, hall 4.C, room Entente
Format Workshop, by invitation only (max 50 persons)
Topics Digitization, book markets, multimedia/ cross media, mobile solutions, EU, funding
Organizers Frankfurt Book Fair, TISP, NEM
Contact Nina Klein, klein@book-fair.com, registration until 15 September


New Member
STM welcomes new members Editora Manole Ltda.Exeter Premedia Services (P) Ltd and River Valley Technologies

STM responds to ‘Global Coalition of Access to Research, Science and Education Organisations calls on STM to Withdraw New Model Licenses’
Read the STM response here.

Open Access Submission
STM prepared the following submission to the proposed Open Access policy of the the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

2014 Open Access Survey: examining the changing views of Taylor & Francis authors
The results of the Taylor and Francis 2014 open access survey are now available from their website, including interesting comparisons to the previous 2013 study.

STM responds to evaluating big deal journal bundles
Read the STM response here

STM responds to ‘Major international associations join together to underscore their support for immediate open access to research articles’ statement. Read the STM response here.

Creative sector urges EC to support fair copyright framework
STM along with a broad coalition of creative sector organisations have written to European Commission President José Barroso, to highlight the perils of the proposed World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaty on copyright limitations and exceptions. See the letter to the Commissioner. See the press release.

STM free webinar on Research Data Publishing
The webinar was organised in close collaboration between STM, ICSU-World Data Systems and the RDA. The 2-hour webinar had 55 participants and focused on collaborations between publishers, data centers and research institutes to facilitate better ways of publishing research data. This work is carried out within a Publishing Data Group of RDA and ICSU-WDS, co-chaired by STM.
The webinar was organised by STM’s Future Lab and moderated by Eefke Smit from STM. Powerpoint slides and a recording of the webinar are available

Statement on Document Delivery to Qualifying Institutions under the Research4Life Programme in United Nations-Designated Least Developed Countries
STM publisher members continue to address gaps in access to the scientific literature by providing international supply of the literature to the least developed countries in the Research4Life programme. Signatories to the statement on document delivery are, in addition to their support for Research4Life, now enabling their current subscribing library customers to provide copies of articles, free of copyright fees, to those educational and academic institutions in Least Developed Countries that are registered members of the Research4Life programmes.

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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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