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CONTENTS Contents Focus on North America 4-12


Five trends common to Europe and North America • Diverging approaches to public policy • Distinguishing the American character • Peculiarities of the US market • Embracing social media


A brave new world 14-18


Rebecca Pool asks whether discoverability is ready for the challenges of interdisciplinary research and data diversity


Analysis 20-30


Solving for scale • Free cheers for content discovery • The changing role of the library • Widening the curriculum • Crossref initiatives will support funder reporting


News 32-34


Elsevier acquires SSRN • Crossref enables registration for preprints • Figshare to display Altmetric badges • Key appointments at F1000 • Jisc buys ProQuest archive


Events 36-37


Dialog Regional Symposium review • CILIP Conference preview • Forthcoming ALPSP events


Interview


Rafael Ball, director of the ETH Library in Zurich, Switzerland


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A world apart 8 Leader: Tim Gillett Heading west


This month, the North American scholarly publishing community is descending on the glorious Canadian city of Vancouver for the SSP’s 38th Annual Meeting. To celebrate the event, Research Information has dedicated its first 12 pages to highlighting those things that unite – and differentiate – the academic publishing markets in Europe and North America. We look at different approaches to public policy in the two continents, peculiarities of the United States market, what makes up the American character, and – of course – a recognition that there are many things common to the two disparate markets.


Elsewhere in the magazine, the subject of discovery is very much to the fore. On page 14 Rebecca Pool interviews several key players on the brave world of discoverability, while two contributed analysis pieces also tackle the subject as well as the ways in which libraries could be affected by new trends. We also look at the latest technology in research communications, efforts to better link social media practices with academia, and the continuing drive towards open access.


Research Information will be in attendance at the SSP Vancouver show – as well as at the CILIP Conference, which will be held in the coastal city of Brighton, UK. We look forward to seeing you there!


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