Vanity Fair Introduces a Metered Paywall

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Screen Shot 2018-04-24 at 4.09.15 PMVanity Fair is the latest magazine to place its online content behind a soft paywall in a bid to drum up more consumer-driven revenue.

The Radhika Jones-led title becomes the third at Condé Nast to institute a metered paywall, following The New Yorker in 2014 and Wired earlier this year. Like Wired, Vanity Fair will allow visitors to read up to four articles for free each month, after which they’ll asked to subscribe at an annual fee of $19.99—the same price for both print-and-digital or digital-only subscriptions. Continue reading “Vanity Fair Introduces a Metered Paywall”

Tech Talks ft Sharon Cooper

Sharon is the CDO at the British Medical Journal, the print publishing arm of the British Medical Association. Previously she held the title of CTO, but she doesn’t have a software/engineering background. We chat about her challenge to digitise the organisation, and how DevOps is making the BMJ safer!

Atypon’s Artificial Intelligence R&D Fuels Four More BioASQ Awards in Semantic Technologies

February 21, 2018 – Santa Clara, CA – For the fifth year in a row, Atypon has placed in the widely respected International BioASQ Awards competition. Atypon’s ongoing research and development (R&D) into artificial intelligence technologies led to four awards for four different semantic technology categories in the 2017 BioASQ Challenge. Continue reading “Atypon’s Artificial Intelligence R&D Fuels Four More BioASQ Awards in Semantic Technologies”

Read to me: ReadSpeaker for everyone!

By Lettie Y. Conrad

From the time I was a child, I’ve enjoyed listening to people read aloud — from parents and teachers reading storybooks to spoken-word nights at college to audiobooks on long journeys. There’s something quite soothing and somewhat magical about the written word coming to life with voice. While I listen, my eyes are free to look up and gaze out a window, my hands are available to tinker with a puzzle or pet a cat. Continue reading “Read to me: ReadSpeaker for everyone!”

SSP Announces 2018 SSP Webinar Series

February 6, 2018 Wheat Ridge, CO – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) webinar series covers timely topics, delivers highly informative and thought-provoking webinars designed to challenge and stimulate discussion and are offered throughout the year.

This year’s webinars will cover the following topics:

Continue reading “SSP Announces 2018 SSP Webinar Series”

2018 SSP Webinar Preview: Sharing Policies: IRs, Authors’ Manuscripts vs. PrePrint vs. Version of Record

February 6, 2018 Wheatridge, CO – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) kicks off its 2018 webinar series with an in-depth look at the confusion surrounding current sharing policies and the challenges facing authors, libraries, and publishers alike. “Sharing Policies: IRs, Author’s Manuscript vs. PrePrint vs. Version of Record,” 11 a.m. to noon, February 13. The webinar will clarify current policies and encourage dialogue about how the scholarly publishing community can work together to address these ambiguities. Continue reading “2018 SSP Webinar Preview: Sharing Policies: IRs, Authors’ Manuscripts vs. PrePrint vs. Version of Record”

Coming Soon: Careers’ Suggest


The internet’s first great achievement was putting in place ubiquitous connections: people to people, people to information, and information to companies and institutions.  Having spanned the globe and linked billions of people together, now comes an altogether more crucial phase: making the information gleaned from this vast, ever-expanding network relevant, personal and effective.

Mendeley Careers is at the forefront of this trend.  Soon it will feature its first recommender function that makes looking for the next job suggestions more convenient than ever.  Its unique algorithms will leverage the Elsevier ecosystem to provide tailored recommendations.  It will no longer be necessary to knock on opportunity’s door, opportunities will arrive in your inbox, matched to your profile and interests. Continue reading “Coming Soon: Careers’ Suggest”

PhD Freelancing Platform Kolabtree Surpasses 4,000 users

February 6, 2018 – Increasing numbers of PhD scientists are turning to freelance opportunities to the benefit of commercial organisations needing on-demand expertise.

The gig economy or “uberisation” of employment is something we would normally associate with sectors like the taxi or courier industry. However data from, a platform that connects companies with PhD level freelance scientists, suggests that even the science industry isn’t escaping this huge trend. Continue reading “PhD Freelancing Platform Kolabtree Surpasses 4,000 users”

Study to Assess Workplace Experiences, Practices, and Opportunities in the Scholarly Publishing Industry

Starting on January 31st, you have an opportunity to help advance workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion in the global scholarly publishing industry.

All you need to do is give 10-15 minutes of your time and take the Workplace Equity (WE) survey.  It is open to everyone who works in this sector at publishers, service providers, and the spectrum of related organizations, companies, and consultancies, and will remain open through March 14, 2018.  A report on the findings will be presented at the SSP’s 40th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on June 1, 2018.  Continue reading “Study to Assess Workplace Experiences, Practices, and Opportunities in the Scholarly Publishing Industry”

Blackboard and ReadSpeaker Partner to Enhance Accessibility of Digital Course Content

ReadSpeaker’s leading text-to-speech technology integrated into Blackboard Ally, helping instructors worldwide create more accessible content for learners

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 23, 2018Blackboard and ReadSpeaker are furthering their partnership to help instructors worldwide improve the accessibility of course content for their students. Currently, ReadSpeaker is Blackboard’s exclusive text-to-speech provider that is fully integrated within Blackboard’s learning management systems, supporting Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Now, as part of this extended collaboration, ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech technology will also be integrated within Blackboard Ally as an offline audio alternative for course content. This allows students to automatically access an MP3 version of content added by the instructor into the LMS. Continue reading “Blackboard and ReadSpeaker Partner to Enhance Accessibility of Digital Course Content”

A new service for the members of Nikkei Medical Online

January 17, 2018 – Tokyo, Japan – Cactus Communications K.K. (Head Office:Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Makoto Yuasa/ Representative Director, hereinafter called “Cactus”), which operates Editage, launched a new service “Support for medical paper writing & submission” for medical doctors/medical workers in cooperation with Nikkei Business Publication, Inc. (Head office:Minato-ku, Tokyo, President & CEO:Suguru Niinomi, hereinafter called “Nikkei BP”. Continue reading “A new service for the members of Nikkei Medical Online”

How to listen to BMJ articles using Firefox

Hat tip to M.G. Siegler for alerting us to the narrate feature in Firefox. To listen to a BMJ article in Firefox:

  1. Go to a BMJ article for example:
  2. Go to the Reader View by clicking on the Reader View reader mode icon 57 icon in the address bar
  3. Then click on the “Narrate” button on the left hand side
  4. Listen and visually follow along to the text. You can change the voice to have a British or American accent


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