Latest Article Alert from Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology

The following new article has just been published in Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology

Chronic low back pain among French healthcare workers and prognostic factors of return to work (RTW): a non-randomized controlled trial
Cougot B, Petit A, Paget C, Roedlich C, Fleury-Bahi G, Fouquet M, Menu P, Dubois C, Geraut C, Roquelaure Y, Tripodi D
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Latest Article Alert from BMC Infectious Diseases

The following new articles have just been published in BMC Infectious Diseases

Research article
Development of a rapid recombinase polymerase amplification assay for the detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae in whole blood
Clancy E, Higgins O, Forrest M, Boo T, Cormican M, Barry T, Piepenburg O, Smith T
BMC Infectious Diseases 2015, 15:481 (29 October 2015)

Latest Article Alert from BMC Cardiovascular Disorders

The following new articles have just been published in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders

Case report
Bipolar radiofrequency catheter ablation for refractory perimitral flutter: a case report
Yamagata K, Wichterle D, Peichl P, Aldhoon B, Čihák R, Kautzner J
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2015, 15:139 (28 October 2015)

Updating controlled vocabularies by analysing query logs: Online Information Review



– Controlled vocabularies play an important role in information retrieval. Numerous studies have shown that conceptual searches based on vocabularies are more effective than keyword searches, at least in certain contexts. Consequently, new ways must be found to improve controlled vocabularies. The purpose of this paper is to present a semi-automatic model for updating controlled vocabularies through the use of a text corpus and the analysis of query logs.



– An experimental development is presented in which, first, the suitability of a controlled vocabulary to a text corpus is examined. The keywords entered by users to access the text corpus are then compared with the descriptors used to index it. Finally, both the query logs and text corpus are processed to obtain a set of candidate terms to update the controlled vocabulary.



– This paper describes a model applicable both in the context of the text corpus of an online academic journal and to repositories and intranets. The model is able to: first, identify the queries that led users from a search engine to a relevant document; and second, process these queries to identify candidate terms for inclusion in a controlled vocabulary.


Research limitations/implications

– Ideally, the model should be used in controlled web environments, such as repositories, intranets or academic journals.


Social implications

– The proposed model directly improves the indexing process by facilitating the maintenance and updating of controlled vocabularies. It so doing, it helps to optimise access to information.



– The proposed model takes into account the perspective of users by mining queries in order to propose candidate terms for inclusion in a controlled vocabulary.

Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Publishing | VCU Libraries

“The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Publishing. The successful candidate will provide innovative, creative leadership for a newly-created division of the VCU Libraries dedicated to advancing the university’s growing engagement with contemporary scholarly communications and scholarly publishing issues….”

Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age – The New York Times

“Shelves of law books are an august symbol of legal practice, and no place, save the Library of Congress, can match the collection at Harvard’s Law School Library. Its trove includes nearly every state, federal, territorial and tribal judicial decision since colonial times — a priceless potential resource for everyone from legal scholars to defense lawyers trying to challenge a criminal conviction.

Now, in a digital-age sacrifice intended to serve grand intentions, the Harvard librarians are slicing off the spines of all but the rarest volumes and feeding some 40 million pages through a high-speed scanner. They are taking this once unthinkable step to create a complete, searchable database of American case law that will be offered free on the Internet, allowing instant retrieval of vital records that usually must be paid for….”

Listing of Open Access DataBases (LOADB) launched:

In the Open Access week, Dr. Girish Sahni (Director General CSIR, India), Chief Guest in the Sixteenth Foundation day celebrations of CSIR-URDIP on 24th October 2015, had launched Listing of Open Access DataBases (LOADB) – the listing of open access databases, a portal developed by CSIR URDIP showcasing the databases in multiple areas of science and technology that are available freely for public use. In his address, he lauded the work done by CSIR-URDIP and emphasized on the pivotal role the institution needs to play in aligning with the CSIR mandate of Science for Societal need.

LOADB is a service of CSIR’s Unit for Research and Development of Information Products (URDIP) located at Pune in India and is being developed for the Open Science and Open Innovation Infrastructure Project supported by CSIR at URDIP.

The objective of  LOADB is  to create a web-enabled, linked, classified and categorized collection of Open Access Databases which one can access from a single portal. Although initial focus is on science and technology subjects, the ultimate aim is to include all subject areas.

Latest Article Alert from Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health

The following new article has just been published in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health

For articles using Author Version-first publication you will see a provisional PDF corresponding to the accepted manuscript. In these instances, the fully formatted Final Version PDF and full text (HTML) versions will follow in due course.

Research article
The effects of

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) articles published in celebration of OA Week 2015

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) celebrated Open Access Week 2015 through publishing three articles in The Conversation (Africa pilot). The first article tried to set the scene and highlight the issues our country (South Africa) is facing, the second article tried to highlight challenges in terms of publishing fees, and the third article comes with possible solutions on how the challenges can be addressed.

Experts from ASSAf presented papers on OA at institutions throughout the country, and entered into many discussions with publishers.

Open Access Week was ended on a high note by hosting a webinar on Open Journal Systems, presented by Kevin Stranack. ASSAf is looking forward hosting more and more journals following the golden route to Open Access.

We are excited about taking OA forward, and to build on the great progress made this far!