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Digital Science & Symplectic uncover international academic research funding landscape with the launch of Dimensions

Web-based visualisation tool enables academic institutions to explore, analyse and understand international research funding.

LONDON & SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 3rd 2013: Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific research and Symplectic, a leading developer of research information management systems, today announced the launch of Symplectic Dimensions at THE World Academic Summit in Singapore. Dimensions is a new web-based visualisation tool that enables academic research institutions to explore, analyse and understand the research funding landscape. 

Symplectic is a portfolio business of Digital Science. Dimensions has been developed as a joint collaboration between the two companies to make the landscape of research funding accessible and transparent. 

Academics and universities need to collaborate internationally to attract funding and the ability to understand an institution’s strengths and discover potential collaborators has become of paramount strategic importance. Dimensions tackles this need directly by providing innovative, easy-to-understand visualisations of current funding trends and collaborations in an easily-digestible format. This allows universities to make data-driven decisions to uncover institutional strengths, contextualise particular grants, determine strategic direction, gain information for succession planning or even identify rising stars within an academic institution’s research staff.

Dimensions incorporates data from the major government funders in the UK, Australia and the US (1). Advanced mapping allows institutions to view the global funding landscape and identify trends and patterns in the data to navigate funding in an intuitive way. This helps maximise the chance of a successful grant application by allowing universities to determine the best partners for their research.

Daniel Hook, Director of Research Metrics at Digital Science explained, “Understanding funding allocations across subjects, institutions or countries can be complex and time-consuming. Dimensions gathers together a well-integrated collection of international grants data in one place, whilst web-based visualisation provides a compelling way to compare institutions and uncover collaboration opportunities.”

To find out more visit: www.symplectic.co.uk/dimensions.

(1) Funding data is currently available from the ARC and NHMRC in Australia, the NIH in the US and the RCUK councils in the UK, with plans to add European, government in US and charity in UK funding.

International insights:
Powerful filters in Dimensions allow the user to sort data by research topic, institution, funder or investigator. Users can change the time period over which data is displayed and see the results geographically and create PDF reports. Some examples include:

• On average the UK Research Councils award larger grants than the Australian Councils but fewer of them, giving approximately the same funding envelope to the highest award-winning institutions.
• UK funding bodies awarded grants to 291 research organisations between Oct 2003 and Oct 2013 including research institutions and partners in Africa, Manila and New Zealand.
• The Australian Research Councils funded 26 organisations to study Nanotechnology totalling £207M ($349AUD).

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Contact:
Lisa Hulme – Digital Science
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l.hulme@digital-science.com

Figshare for Institutions – Solving the research data management problem for educational research institutions

Reputation-enhancing, cost-efficient solution to fulfill mandates to self-archive and share research data


LONDON, UK & BOSTON, USA: SEPTEMBER 5TH 2013 – Figshare today announces the launch of Figshare for Institutions – a simple and cost-effective software solution for academic and higher education establishments to both securely host and make publicly available its academic research outputs. Figshare allows academic institutions to publish, share and get credit for their research data, hosting videos, datasets, posters, figures and papers in a cost-effective way.

Institutions can choose to make as little or as much of its research publicly available as its funding mandates require, ensuring that they can take control of all their research outputs – to make them citable, searchable and discoverable. Academic publishers Nature, PLOS and F1000 currently trust Figshare to bring their published articles to life – either by making the entire supplementary article data open to their readers or by providing the article content.

With new funder mandates requiring institutions to provide self-archiving and to make increasing amounts of their research outputs publicly available, Figshare allows institutions to easily aggregate research at both the departmental and institutional level, automatically providing a self-populating institutional repository with reporting capabilities. Researchers can quickly upload their data and easily retrieve research and data with simple file curation. These research outputs are then just one click away from being made openly and persistently available if mandated by the institutional funder. The uploaded research is also citable and trackable via a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and detailed reporting metrics are available for the institution, to track the interest in its publicly available research.

Mark Hahnel, founder of Figshare explains, “Academics can struggle to organise their research outputs, as I once did. Figshare for Institutions integrates into their existing workflow so that their data management requirements are complied with subconsciously. The institutions also benefit by seeing the full reputational impact of all of the research they generate, a huge step up from the silo-ed system that exists within many research organisations at the moment.”

Included:
• Large amounts of secure, private storage plus unlimited public space.
• Simple, institution-wide management and monitoring of all research outputs for institution staff with subject categorisation per department.
• Access-controlled team sharing and collaborative spaces with the ability to add notes and comments to files.
• An institutional dashboard with detailed metrics on the impact of publicly available data.
• All research outputs can be made citable, visualisable, embeddable and trackable with one click.
• The ability to push research to any internal repository.
• Institution-wide compliance with open data requirements of funding bodies.
• Dedicated support team.

Persistent and trackable:
All publicly available outputs are citable and trackable with a unique DOI. The impact of these objects can then be tracked and Figshare offers institutions cumulative metrics, such as citations and downloads, as well as newer measures such as altmetrics. Figshare and the CLOCKSS Archive have partnered to preserve the content publically available on Figshare in CLOCKSS's geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world.

Secure and controlled access:
Figshare is hosted using Amazon Web Services to ensure the highest level of security and stability for research data. Amazon S4 stores multiple redundant copies of information so you don’t have to worry about ever losing your master copy. The security and persistence of all the files hosted on Figshare makes it easy to prevent plagiarism of the research data held there, as all uploads are time-stamped. The private collaborative spaces feature allows users to keep their research visible only to themselves, or available to specified collaborators or their PI, ensuring that files can be easily located and shared.

For more information, visit
http://figshare.com

Follow @figshare on Twitter or Google+ Mark Hahnel for the latest developments.

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About Figshare and Digital Science
Figshare was the brainchild of Mark Hahnel, who whilst studying for his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College, London became frustrated at not being able to publish ALL his scientific research. Figshare enables academic researchers to make all of their research outputs available in a citable, sharable and discoverable manner. The platform allows users to upload any file format to be made visualisable in the browser so that figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow. Figshare is a portfolio company of Digital Science – a technology company serving the needs of scientific research. Operated by Macmillan Science & Education, it offers a range of range of scientific technology and content solutions, from intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision support systems for managers. For more information, visit http://figshare.com and www.digital-science.com

About Macmillan Science & Education
As part of one of the largest and best known international publishing groups in the world, the new global division of Macmillan Science and Education is characterised by seven high-quality academic, scholarly and educational businesses. The division employs more than 5,000 people, operating in more than 50 countries around the world, supporting scientists, professors, teachers, journalists, editors, writers and entrepreneurs to empower learning and discovery. www.learndiscover.com

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Digital Science introduces Projects for scientific researchers - a powerful new technology tool to organise their data

London, UK and Boston, USA – 22nd May 2013:

Digital Science today launched Projects - the only desktop software designed specifically for scientific researchers that enables them to organise their research outputs in a safe, simple and structured way. For the first time dedicated, scientifically-relevant features have been brought together in one product, helping academic researchers keep track, save time and get ahead with their research.

“Digital Science was founded to make research more efficient through the better use of technology,” explained Timo Hannay, Managing Director. “Academic research communities have repeatedly told us that their information tools are inadequate, acting as a barrier to the uncovering and validating of scientific discoveries. This unmet need has been the driving force behind the development of Projects - Digital Science's first fully home-grown software solution.”

Projects (www.projects.ac) will equip researchers with the ability to:

- View a unique chronological visual timeline of their research activity and more easily find their important files

- Manually or automatically take “snapshots” of their work to seamlessly restore previous versions of files

- Store their data files in a simple organized way within a handy desktop drive, which can be easily shared or synchronized with remote backup services

- Flag, star and take notes on their data files to distinguish important files and to optimize search results

Mark Hahnel, Product Owner for Projects and Founder of figshare explained, “Projects will fill a critical gap in an academic researcher’s arsenal of desktop tools. It will aid researchers at the starting point of the research data lifecycle and ensure all their work can be attributed from the outset, avoiding any issues regarding the provenance of research in the long run. We're really excited about the development roadmap for Projects, which will shortly integrate fully into our community-driven open data project figshare, to ensure every scientific researcher gains credit for all their research.”

Projects will initially be available for Mac users. Files can be accessed from Finder or other Mac applications and can be easily shared or synchronized with remote back-up options. Users can take advantage of a free 30-day trial and an introductory purchase price of £20 for academics. 

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Digital Science, SciBite join forces to harness big data for life sciences

Partners to combine text mining and data integration offerings to improve scientific research online

LONDON - 25 MARCH 2013

Digital Science, a technology company that provides software tools designed for scientists by scientists, and SciBite, a scientific news and alerts service for human health and drug discovery, have signed a two-year collaboration agreement to work together on improving online research for the life sciences.

The agreement gives them access to each other’s content and text mining technologies and will provide a connected approach to scientific research, starting with drug discovery and then expanding to other areas of the life sciences.

Initially, the two companies will offer their biological and chemical direct data products side-by-side to provide answers to questions like “What are the hottest new targets in a particular disease? Who is working on them and what small molecules have been disclosed in the literature, patents and beyond?” The new partners will also explore ways to integrate the biology and data integration technologies and content of SciBite with that of Digital Science’s SureChem suite of patent chemistry products. This will create powerful new solutions and enhance existing offerings from across the Digital Science portfolio.

Timo Hannay, Managing Director of Digital Science said, “There is enormous potential in this partnership - we have the opportunity to correlate information from both chemical and biological data sources to speed up scientific research. This supports our goal of developing products that focus on the intersection of chemistry and biology. The social media aspect of SciBite, providing views of the top articles being read by scientific peers, also complements other Digital Science products and services.”

Lee Harland, founder of SciBite said, "SciBite was founded to open up biomedical intelligence to a wider audience. By partnering with Digital Science we now have a way to connect the unique coverage of chemistry within SureChem to this rich biomedical data, and provide customers with a truly unique view of drug discovery and other life science research areas."

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About SciBite

SciBite enables users to track what’s happening in the world of a drug, target, pathway or similar concept, without having to scan hundreds of different websites or databases. It uses advanced text mining to continuously scan the internet for new articles connected to key topics in biomedicine including; literature, patents, clinical trials, news, grants, jobs, blogs and social media. The company offers a free service at www.scibite.com and licenses a series of products for professional and enterprise users.

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Science & Education. Launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers, it offers a range of scientific technology and content solutions. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. SureChem is a Digital Science offering that provides patent chemistry data solutions to the scientific and professional information community.

About Macmillan Science & Education

As part of one of the largest and best known international publishing groups in the world, the new global division of Macmillan Science and Education is characterised by seven high-quality academic, scholarly and educational businesses. The division employs more than 5,000 people, operating in more than 50 countries around the world, supporting scientists, professors, teachers, journalists, editors, writers and entrepreneurs to empower learning and discovery.

figshare announces partnership with the Public Library of Science

LONDON - 29 JAN 2013

figshare, a community-based open data platform, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Public Library of Science (PLOS), a leading Open Access publisher. figshare will host the supplemental data for all seven PLOS journals, as well as provide a widget that will enable PLOS users to view data in the articles in the browser alongside the content.

figshare, a Digital Science portfolio company, provides an easy, free means for researchers to publish, share and get credit for their research data, hosting videos, datasets, graphs, figures and images. By partnering with figshare, PLOS can host data accompanying their publications, making the data easier to access for future use. Through figshare's new widgets, users will also be able to visualise the research objects within the browser. The new functionality will be rolled out across all of PLOS’s journals: PLOS ONE, PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Pathogens, and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

“PLOS believes in making data as visible and useful as possible,” said Kristen Ratan, Chief Publishing and Product Officer at PLOS. “Partnering with figshare is an important step in increasing the accessibility of the data associated with our research articles.”

The new functionality on PLOS also allows the files to be discovered through a portal on figshare which will go live in the coming weeks. This combined with figshare’s API functionality will allow easier linking of research outputs and the potential to build on previous research.

The partnership will also help PLOS fulfil the growing requests from funders for academics to make all of their research outputs available.

“We are delighted to be partnering with PLOS on this project, a publisher with a similar ethos,” said Mark Hahnel, founder of figshare. “We hope this will better enable researchers to do more with the data behind the papers, improving the transparency of the research and aid reproducibility.”

For more information, visit http://figshare.com or follow @figshare on Twitter for the latest developments.

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About figshare

figshare is a London-based startup where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, sharable and discoverable manner. The platform allows users to upload any file format to be made visualisable in the browser so that figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow. figshare is a portfolio company of Digital Science. For more information, visit http://figshare.com.

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. For more information, visit www.digital-science.com.

BioData Adds Real-Time Altmetric Data for Research Papers in Labguru

TEL AVIV/LONDON - 14 January 2013

BioData, developer of the life science research and lab management software Labguru, and Altmetric, both portfolio companies of Digital Science, today announced a collaboration that will allow Labguru users to track in real time the popularity of research papers important to their work.

Labguru users will now see related news articles, blog posts and publicly visible social shares on sites including Facebook, Google+ and Twitter for the papers they upload. Metrics are available for any research paper with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and published since the beginning of 2012.

“Labguru is constantly striving to add features and tools which enable researchers to concentrate on science and simplify their access to relevant and focused information,” said Adam Sartiel, BioData’s CEO. “We believe that the integration of Altmetric’s attractive ‘donut’ tool into Labguru helps scientists evaluate the impact of scientific papers much better than any traditional scoring method.”

Labguru helps life science researchers better manage all aspects of research projects and lab logistics in one simple web app, for which The Scientist named Labguru one of the top 10 innovations of 2012. Labguru also recently added protocols for common methods from Sigma Life Science, Nature Protocols, and Luminex. Labguru includes a product catalogue of 800,000 materials, making it easier for lab managers to control orders and lab inventory.

"It's becoming increasingly important for researchers to follow the online conversations around the papers they care about," said Euan Adie, founding partner of Altmetric. "By collaborating with BioData we've made that much easier for users of Labguru."

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About Altmetric

Altmetric is a London based start-up that enables customers to track and measure online activity around academic research. It has a strong focus on engineering and data science know-how and makes collecting and analyzing article level metrics easy for both researchers and publishers. Altmetric is a portfolio company of Digital Science. For more information, visit http://www.altmetric.com.

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. For more information, visit www.digital-science.com.

Contact:
Michal Frenkiel
VP, Marketing
BioData Ltd
+(972) 52-620 – 1111
michal.frenkiel@biodata.com

International lab safety survey results available

LONDON / BOSTON - 3 January 2013

Early results of an international survey of researchers' attitudes to laboratory safety were made available today. The survey was conducted by Nature Publishing Group, commissioned by the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety and BioRAFT, a web-based laboratory safety and compliance management system. Early results are reported in this week’s issue of Nature, and the UC Center for Laboratory Safety are analysing the data further for future publication.

The survey attracted over 2000 anonymous responses, and is the most comprehensive international study to look at the culture of lab safety to date. The three partners are clear that the results are preliminary starting points for further study, and that many questions remain.

“One of the key challenges in lab safety is how to get people not just to comply with lab safety guidelines but to care about lab safety,” said Nathan Watson, CEO and President of BioRAFT. “The results of this survey provide a helpful starting point in tackling this sensitive topic.” Digital Science invested in privately-held BioRAFT in June 2012.

According to the Nature news report, ‘The biggest barriers to improving safety in the lab were “time and hassle” and “apathy”, scientists said. “If I could have selected apathy three times over, I would have,” one scientist wrote.’

Topline data from the survey are available on figshare at http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.105431.

The Nature news story is available here: http://www.nature.com/news/safety-survey-reveals-lab-risks-1.12121. A related editorial is also in this week’s issue of Nature: http://www.nature.com/news/safety-catch-1.12118

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About BioRAFT

The BioRAFT suite of research management software modules significantly improves laboratory safety, compliance processes, researcher productivity, and management oversight. BioRAFT enables researchers to focus on their research by managing compliance for training, biosafety, hazardous chemicals, radiation management, MSDS, and other laboratory safety requirements. BioRAFT has secured an investment from Digital Science, a new technology company out of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. For more information, visit http://www.BioRAFT.com

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. For more information, visit www.digital-science.com.

About Nature Publishing Group (NPG)

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is a publisher of high impact scientific and medical information in print and online. NPG publishes journals, online databases and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences and clinical medicine.

Focusing on the needs of scientists, Nature (founded in 1869) is the leading weekly, international scientific journal. In addition, for this audience, NPG publishes a range ofNature research journals and Nature Reviews journals, plus a range of prestigious academic journals including society-owned publications. Online, nature.com provides over 6 million visitors per month with access to NPG publications and online databases and services, including news and comment from Nature, NatureJobs plus access to Nature Network and Nature Education's Scitable.com.

Scientific American is at the heart of NPG's consumer media division, meeting the needs of the general public. Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media. Together with scientificamerican.com and 14 local language editions around the world it reaches over 5 million consumers and scientists. Other titles includeScientific American Mind and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany.

Throughout all its businesses NPG is dedicated to serving the scientific and medical communities and the wider scientifically interested general public. Part of Macmillan Publishers Limited, NPG is a global company with principal offices in London, New York and Tokyo, and offices in cities worldwide including Boston, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, Heidelberg, Basingstoke, Melbourne, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul and Washington DC. For more information, please go to www.nature.com.

Contact: 
Grace Baynes 
(Corporate Public Relations) 
 Nature Publishing Group 
T: :+44 (0)20 7014 4063 
E: g.baynes@nature.com

SureChem deposition into Pubchem significantly expands public access to chemistry in patents

LONDON - 10 December 2012

SureChem, a patent chemistry product line of Digital Science, today announced that it has deposited more than eight million unique chemical structures into PubChem, the world’s largest free public chemistry database. This is the first time that the complete collection of structures for a patent chemistry data source has been made publicly available. Of the total, more than four million of these structures are novel to PubChem, giving chemical researchers access to a vast new source of medicinally relevant compounds. The SureChem deposition also pushes the total number of chemical compounds available there to more than 46 million and substances to more than 116 million.

“This deposition significantly expands the amount of novel chemistry available in the public domain, enabling open drug discovery, medicinal chemistry and non-life-sciences chemistry research,” said Nicko Goncharoff, head of Text Mining at Digital Science. “This opens a valuable resource that had previously been locked away behind data silos and pay-walls.” More details on the deposition are available on the SureChem blog.

The deposition will link from the structures in PubChem back to related patents in SureChemOpen, a free access option for researchers that enables them to search and view patent literature. This unique service integrates patent chemistry into the online scientific research community, enabling the linking of patents with other key public and commercial chemistry data sources.

SureChem’s chemical structure data can also be accessed via ChemSpider, a free chemical database held by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Together with PubChem, these two databases are now the Internet’s main chemistry hubs. The result is a growing web of interconnected free data, offering a new alternative to researchers.

SureChem offers a suite of patent chemistry data solutions developed and operated by Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. SureChem products address the functionality, data access and licensing needs of users across the scientific and professional information community. SureChemOpen offers scientific researchers a fast and free search facility for chemical structures and patents; SureChem Direct provides a powerful direct data offering, delivering SureChem batch structure and full text search via an API. SureChemPro, available in early 2013, will offer a powerful, but easy-to-use web-based solution for frequent, professional users.

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. Along with SureChem, Digital Science offers a range of technology and content solutions for scientific researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process.

For further information:
Lisa Hulme
Communications Manager
Digital Science
Tel: +44 (0)7941 232333
l.hulme@digital-science.com

Nicko Goncharoff
Head of Text Mining
Digital Science
Tel: 020 7014 4192
n.goncharoff@digital-science.com

New SureChem product offers direct patent chemistry access

LONDON / PHILADELPHIA - 20 August 2012

SureChem, a patent chemistry product line of Digital Science, has released SureChemDirect, a new enterprise product enabling users to integrate chemical patent search and data into internal workflows and databases. The announcement was made in line with the American Chemical Society’s Fall Meeting, held in Philadephia, PA.

SureChemDirect offers API access to the complete collection of SureChem chemistry, patent full text and patent metadata,  currently comprising 12 million structures, 20 million full text records and 90 million patent abstracts. Chemical structures are indexed within 24 hours of patents being issued by US, European and WIPO patent authorities. SureChemDirect enables customers to incorporate chemical patent search into their workflows, perform batch searches, set up custom alerts and enhance their internal databases with relevant patent chemistry, among other applications.

"We developed SureChemDirect in response to customer requests for a direct, batch pipeline to patent chemistry data, without limitations on how they access or store the data. Responses to our pre-release demos have been great, so we are excited to now be releasing the production version” says Nicko Goncharoff, Head of Knowledge Discovery at Digital Science.

 

SureChemDirect continues the re-launch of the SureChem product line, offering significantly improved data coverage and a wide range of features and functionalities based on extensive customer feedback. SureChemDirect will be followed by SureChemPro - a fully-featured web app designed for frequent patent chemistry users. For more information on SureChem products, visit www.surechem.com. For evaluation and licensing enquiries, please contact sales@surechem.com.

 

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About SureChem

SureChem (www.surechem.com) offers a suite of patent chemistry data solutions developed and operated by Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Originally founded in 2007 as a standalone company, SureChem was acquired by Macmillan in late 2009 as one of the first investments for Digital Science.

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. For more information, visit http://www.digital-science.com

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Contact:
Kaitlin Thaney
Manager of External Partnerships
Digital Science
+44 (0) 207 014 4190
k.thaney@digital-science.com
http://www.digital-science.com

figshare announces partnership with Faculty of 1000's new journal, F1000 Research

LONDON - 10 July 2012

figshare, an open data platform, is pleased to announce today a partnership with Faculty of 1000's new journal F1000 Research, an Open Access publishing program. figshare will host some of the data from F1000 Research, as well as provide a widget that will enable F1000 users to view data from the articles in the browser alongside the content. This is the first publisher to fully integrate figshare in this manner.

figshare provides an easy, free means for researchers to publish, share and get credit for their research data, hosting videos, datasets, graphs, figures and images. By partnering with figshare, F1000 Research can host data accompanying their publications, making the data easier to access for future use. Through figshare's new widgets, users will also be able to visualise the research objects within the browser, as well as access metrics tracking the use of the data, previously only available through figshare's web interface. The project was founded and is run by Mark Hahnel, and is supported by Digital Science, a technology division of Macmillan Publishers.

"The way scientific results are being recorded and analysed is changing at a rate that has long outdated the current publishing process," said Mark Hahnel, founder of figshare. "By offering researchers a medium they are familiar with - say, a F1000 Research article – with data they can visualise and easily access, we'll be one step closer to a more integrated reading and research environment."

This is figshare's first partnership with a publisher, and a sign of changing times in the publishing industry as we see a move to integrate other information sources into scholarly articles.

“We are delighted to work with figshare on this widget, which provides a much more user-friendly way of publishing datasets within articles than the usual URL or DOI. This enables the reader to preview all the available data before deciding whether to download what can be excessively large files”, said Rebecca Lawrence, Publisher, F1000 Research.

For more information on figshare or additional functionality, visit [http://figshare.com]. For more on F1000 Research, visit [http://f1000research.com].

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About Digital Science

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. For more information, visit http://www.digital-science.com

Contact:
Kaitlin Thaney
Manager of External Partnerships
Digital Science
+44 (0) 207 014 4190
k.thaney@digital-science.com
http://www.digital-science.com

Digital Science announces support for Altmetric, a project that tracks the online conversations about research

LONDON / CHICAGO, IL - 21 June 2012

Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., is pleased to announce support for Altmetric, a project that tracks and measures the attention paid to research online. Altmetric began as a side project of Euan Adie, a product manager for Digital Science, and now moves to become his core focus with additional support from Digital Science. The announcement was made in line with the Altmetrics 2012 workshop in Chicago, part of the ACM Web Science Conference.

Altmetric was founded in early 2011 as a means of collecting article-level metrics and other relevant data for publishers. It delivers this information through a web app, embeddable badges and powerful API.

“Scientists should have an easy way of seeing which papers their peers are talking about and where,” said Euan Adie, “and readers should be able to put the research they find in context. Altmetric can help platforms deliver on both those counts.”

The Altmetric Explorer web app, available to use as an individual or through team accounts, allows users to explore and analyse the attention data collected by the system. A free bookmarklet offering some lightweight functionality of the main app is also available for individual researchers and authors looking for additional context for single articles. Finally, the API permits complete access to the raw data collected by Altmetric which can be integrated into a publisher’s own platforms.

Altmetric is already in use by a number of publishers, including Springer, Nature Publishing Group and BioMed Central.

"Altmetric Explorer is an exciting, powerful and useful tool for BioMed Central. It gives us a targeted view of how much impact each individual paper is having, and where in the world of social media and the web these comments are being made," said Rebecca Fairbairn of BioMed Central. "Altmetric Explorer makes online media monitoring much easier."

“Altmetric is currently the only product which provides us with article level metrics on social media activity,” said Martijn Roelandse from Springer. “This allows us to monitor the public discussions of content in social media and to evaluate these, which confirms our interest in discussions that go beyond the publishing process.”

Platform integrations include Utopia Docs and Scopus, through an app for Elsevier’s Sciverse platform.

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About Altmetric

Altmetric is a London based start-up that tracks and measures the online activity around academic research. Founded in 2011 it has a strong focus on engineering and data science know-how and makes collecting and analyzing article level metrics easy for both researchers and publishers. For more information, visit http://www.altmetric.com.

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. For more information, visit http://www.digital-science.com

About Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Macmillan Publishers Ltd. is one of the largest and best known international publishing groups in the world with staff operating in over 80 countries. It is a part of the privately owned media group, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH. Macmillan provides a wide range of high-quality information through its scholarly, educational, fiction and non-fiction publishing activities. Products include journals in science, medicine and the social sciences; academic monographs; educational course materials, textbooks and online resources; as well as serious non-fiction and literary fiction. For more information, please visit http://www.macmillan.com/

Contact:
Kaitlin Thaney
Manager of External Partnerships
Digital Science
+44 (0) 207 014 4190
k.thaney@digital-science.com
http://www.digital-science.com

Digital Science announces investment in US-based laboratory safety company, BioRAFT

LONDON / CAMBRIDGE, MA - 14 June 2012

Digital Science, a technology division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., today announced its investment in BioRAFT, a developer of laboratory safety and compliance software. The company was founded in 2003 by Nathan Watson, a former researcher and lab manager, and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Today also marks the release of a global survey exploring current attitudes and practices in laboratory safety.

BioRAFT develops software tools to help make laboratory safety and compliance easier to achieve and manage. In the course of their work, scientists frequently deal with hazardous chemicals, radioactive substances, and potentially dangerous biological reagents. Recent news of laboratory accidents – some fatal – has thrown light on the pressing need for better training, record-keeping and oversight in laboratory safety. BioRAFT provides a platform and range of integrated modules that support researchers and safety officers in these tasks, reducing the administrative burden and resulting in a safer working environment.

Today's launch of a survey with Nature Publishing Group (like Digital Science, a division of Macmilllan Publishers Ltd.), the UC Center for Laboratory Safety and BioRAFT marks an important step for all three partners. The data gathered will enable each of them to better serve their communities – and, in the case of BioRAFT, to craft even more useful and effective software solutions for achieving safety in the lab.

“During my time in the lab, I learned that if lab safety and regulatory compliance processes are not as easy as possible to follow and manage, then researchers miss requirements, institutions receive fines, and people get hurt,” said Nathan Watson, CEO of BioRAFT. “Digital Science understands the needs of the research community, and is an ideal partner for BioRAFT. We are honored to work with them as we expand our platform to help research organizations improve safety and regulatory compliance.”

BioRAFT joins Digital Science's growing portfolio of businesses in the scientific software space, including Labtiva, SureChem, figshare, BioData, Symplectic and 1DegreeBio.

"Science is a profession, and we created Digital Science to provide the professional-grade software that researchers deserve," said Timo Hannay, Managing Director of Digital Science. "Nothing in a lab is more important than the safety and training of its members, and BioRAFT allows its users to achieve that with the minimum of distraction from their real aim – to make new discoveries. We are delighted to welcome them to Digital Science's growing network of innovative young companies."

For more on BioRAFT, visit its web site at http://www.bioraft.com. You can also learn more about other Digital Science businesses and products at http://digital-science.com/products/, and access the laboratory safety survey at http://go.nature.com/LRryth.

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About BioRAFT

The BioRAFT suite of research management software modules significantly improves laboratory safety, compliance processes, researcher productivity, and management oversight. BioRAFT enables researchers to focus on their research by managing compliance for training, biosafety, hazardous chemicals, radiation management, MSDS, and other laboratory safety requirements. BioRAFT has secured an investment from Digital Science, a new technology company out of Macmillan Publishers Ltd.  For more information, visit http://www.BioRAFT.com.

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. For more information, visit http://www.digital-science.com

About Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Macmillan Publishers Ltd. is one of the largest and best known international publishing groups in the world with staff operating in over 80 countries. It is a part of the privately owned media group, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH. Macmillan provides a wide range of high-quality information through its scholarly, educational, fiction and non-fiction publishing activities. Products include journals in science, medicine and the social sciences; academic monographs; educational course materials, textbooks and online resources; as well as serious non-fiction and literary fiction. For more information, please visit http://www.macmillan.com/

Contact:
Kaitlin Thaney
Manager of External Partnerships
Digital Science
+44 (0) 207 014 4190
k.thaney@digital-science.com
http://www.digital-science.com

SureChem introduces free access option for patent chemistry search

LONDON / SAN DIEGO, CA – 26 MARCH 2012

SureChem, a patent chemistry product line of Digital Science, today introduced SureChemOpen, a new free access option for researchers needing a more effective means of searching the patent literature. The announcement was made in line with the American Chemical Society’s Spring Meeting, held in San Diego, CA. 

SureChemOpen provides free access to the complete SureChem database of chemical structures and full text patents. This unique resource integrates patent chemistry into the online scientific research community, enabling linking of patents with other key public and proprietary chemistry data sources. 

SureChemOpen is launching in beta mode, open to all users, with additional features planned for release in the coming weeks. In addition to searching by chemical structure and keyword, users will be able to link to SureChem structures that also occur in Royal Society of Chemistry journals and its free ChemSpider chemistry database. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the first of many SureChem content partners working toward a more open, federated chemical information network. 

“Patents are a key research resource, and we believe this data should be widely accessible,” says Nicko Goncharoff, Director of SureChem. “Drug discovery is no longer solely the province of big pharma, with academic and non-profit research institutions, small biotechs and contract research organisations getting increasingly involved. SureChem offers a way for researchers throughout industry and academia to easily access patent chemistry at the levels they require.”

SureChemOpen is the first part of a re-launch of the SureChem product line, offering improved data coverage and a wide range of features and functionalities based on extensive customer feedback. SureChemOpen will be followed by SureChemPro - a fully-featured web app designed for regular patent chemistry users - and SureChemDirect, an enterprise solution that enables integration of the complete SureChem database with internal tools and workflows.

For more information on the line of products as well as finding out how to become a SureChem content partner, visit www.surechem.com.

About SureChem

SureChem (www.surechem.com) offers a suite of patent chemistry data solutions developed and operated by Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Originally founded in 2007 as a standalone company, SureChem was acquired by Macmillan in late 2009 as one of the first investments for Digital Science.

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. For more information, visit http://www.digital-science.com 

Contact:

Kaitlin Thaney
Manager of External Partnerships 
Digital Science 
@kaythaney 
+44 (0) 207 014 4190 
k.thaney@digital-science.com 
http://www.digital-science.com

Open Data platform figshare relaunches with added functionality and unlimited storage

LONDON - 17 JAN 2012

figshare, a community-based open data platform for scientific research, today relaunches their website and underlying tool, offering additional functionality for users and unlimited public storage space. The project, founded and run by Mark Hahnel, was first launched in January 2011 and relaunches following support from Digital Science, a new division of Macmillan Publishers.

“The support from Digital Science has enabled figshare to grow from a proof of concept idea into a real solution for researchers looking to get credit for all of their work,” said Mark Hahnel, founder of figshare. “As the UK government commits to transparency and open access to publicly funded data, figshare will continue to align itself to the best interests of the researchers whilst also nudging users towards the benefits for both themselves and the scientific community of publishing all of their research outputs.”

The new site offers dramatically reduced upload time to mere seconds for all file formats, providing a citable, searchable endpoint for researchers. figshare offers unlimited storage space for data that is made publicly available on the site, and as of today is also offering 1GB of free storage space for users looking for a secure, private area to store their research. Users of the new site will maintain full control over the management of their research whilst benefiting from global access, version control and secure backups in the cloud. 

The new look and feel offers the user a slicker, more intuitive experience that’s accessible for researchers of all disciplines and skill levels.

“We’re thrilled to see figshare relaunch and provide a more intuitive, seamless experience for users looking to make all of their research data more discoverable and visible,” said Timo Hannay, Managing Director of Digital Science. “This is what we had envisioned our relationship with figshare to involve, taking a promising idea and helping it develop to serve the needs of the research community.”

The site is constantly being developed and will continue to rely on user feedback to bring new collaborative features as well as simplifying the upload process, with desktop apps in the pipeline. For more information, visit http://figshare.com or follow @figshare on Twitter for the latest developments. 

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. For more information, visit http://www.digital-science.com

About Macmillan Publishers Ltd 

Macmillan Publishers Ltd. is one of the largest and best known international publishing groups in the world with staff operating in over 80 countries. It is a part of the privately owned media group, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH. Macmillan provides a wide range of high-quality information through its scholarly, educational, fiction and non-fiction publishing activities. Products include journals in science, medicine and the social sciences; academic monographs; educational course materials, textbooks and online resources; as well as serious non-fiction and literary fiction. For more information, please visit http://www.macmillan.com/

Kaitlin Thaney
Manager of External Partnerships 
Digital Science 
@kaythaney 
+44 (0) 207 014 4190 
k.thaney@digital-science.com 
http://www.digital-science.com

ReadCube functionality now on nature.com

PRESS RELEASE FROM NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP & DIGITAL SCIENCE

LONDON / BOSTON - 2 NOV 2011

Nature.com users can now highlight and annotate research articles in their web browser. Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Digital Science today announce the integration of ReadCube’s web reader tool with nature.com. The web reader tool is currently available to personal subscribers and site license users on Nature and 18 Nature research journals. It is also available on the open access publication Scientific Reports. 

In addition to viewing the article in HTML or PDF on nature.com, readers can view an interactive version of the article PDF within ReadCube’s browser-based web reader tool, by clicking on ‘PDF options’ in the journal’s navigation on nature.com. ReadCube enables users to highlight and annotate article content, and sync their edits to the ReadCube desktop application. The web reader also provides an integrated view of the supplementary information and associated News & Views, and functionality including direct links out to the literature with in-line references. 

“Integrating tools like ReadCube is part of our continued efforts to make nature.com an integral and efficient part of researchers’ workflow,” said Dan Pollock, Associate Director, nature.com. 

Readers must have a personal subscription or site license to access subscription content, and ReadCube authenticates access rights before the PDF is displayed. Open access content in Nature Communications and Scientific Reports, and free content where available, is freely available to all both on nature.com and in the ReadCube web reader. 

The integration follows the October announcement of Digital Science’s investment in Labtiva. ReadCube, Labtiva’s flagship product, is a free, cross-platform software application that enables researchers to create and manage their personal content library on their desktop, and discover new literature in their field through a recommendation system. 

“Labtiva's goal is to bring a rich web experience to the journal,” said Timo Hannay, Managing Director, Digital Science. “Integration with nature.com enables us to showcase ReadCube’s functionality and ease of use, and other publishers are already expressing interest in making ReadCube available to their users.” 

The ReadCube web reader is currently available on Scientific Reports, Nature and 18 Nature research journals: Nature Biotechnol