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Nature Expands OA Journals, Launches Services

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Nature Expands OA Journals, Launches Services

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It may still be the dead of winter, but there's some surprising growth going on over at Nature Publishing Group. Along with the debut of more new open access (OA) journals, the Macmillan-owned publishing house is continuing with the rollout of its Workbench development environment. And the company is branching out into software development efforts with a technology venture that brings together a handful of commercial partners such as SureChem, Inc.; BioData, Inc.; and Symplectic Ltd.

Nature's software development venture, dubbed Digital Science, will operate as a separate division of the company and is headed by Timo Hannay, formerly the publishing director for nature.com. Digital Science will focus on developing software tools for scientists with a combination of in-house development and partnerships with a collection of outside contributors. The partners announced by the company so far are Symplectic, a productivity and workflow tool developer; BioData, which develops SaaS laboratory management and organizational software; and SureChem, a chemical text-mining firm specializing in chemical information, which was acquired by Macmillan in 2009. …

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