Oxford, UK March 27, 2013 - colwiz (collective wizdom), a research management, collaboration and productivity software company established by Oxford University scientists, announced today a development partnership and a strategic investment from the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. Under the terms of the development partnership, colwiz will provide the underlying technology and platform for ACS ChemWorx and ACS ActiveView PDF.
colwiz provides an integrated R&D platform for individuals and teams working in industry, academia and government organisations. The integrated set of web, desktop and mobile applications include a state of the art reference management system for publication management, calendars for schedule management, tasks for effectively organising research work, and drive for research documents and data sharing. colwiz can be used by individual researchers, groups, departments and labs working on multiple research projects. This approach facilitates research management across multiple departmental and even institutional boundaries, creating the potential for a completely novel and innovative approach to the R&D process. The partnership with ACS will bring the functionality of colwiz platform to researchers in chemistry through ACS ChemWorx.
"ACS welcomes the opportunity to leverage colwiz's unique capabilities to speed the publication of research findings," said Susan King, Ph.D., Senior Vice President responsible for the Society's Journals Publishing Group, who joined colwiz board as an observer. "ACS is leading the way in digital publishing, and we are delighted to find in colwiz a technology partner who supports our vision of being the most trusted source of the comprehensive knowledge needed to cultivate the chemists of tomorrow. To aid scientists with information solutions as part of their research workflows, we're creating together with colwiz a powerful suite of integrated Web and mobile applications, starting today with ACS ChemWorx."
ACS also announced the launch of ACS ActiveView PDF, powered by colwiz, on its journal publishing platform. It provides an interactive full text format that enables researchers to attach highlights and notes to articles, explore referenced abstracts make and save annotations, share links with colleagues and lab group members, and sync their research literature across smartphone, tablet, and desktop environments.
"In partnership with the ACS, we are delighted to introduce colwiz platform to the global community of ACS members, editors and authors of ACS journals and chemistry researchers through ACS ChemWorx. This will allow seamless collaboration between chemistry researchers with researchers from other disciplines on colwiz" said Tahir Mansoori, CEO and co-founder of colwiz. "The ACS ActiveView PDF will provide seamless reading experience on the ACS publications platform" said Mansoori.
"This partnership combines the publishing experience of the world's largest scientific society with the research expertise of one of the oldest and most respected universities" said Prof Sir Michael Brady, Chairman of colwiz and a Professor at the University of Oxford, "The investment from ACS, and the ability to work in partnership with such a prestigious organisation, will help us take colwiz to the next level".
"Researchers, the universities at which they work and the scholarly societies to which they belong, are natural partners for the advancement of scientific research," said Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice- Chancellor of the University of Oxford. "As a member of ACS for over 30 years, I am delighted see technology solutions developed by colwiz, an Oxford University start-up company, underpinning the advancement of chemistry."
"We at colwiz are delighted to be embarking on this partnership. ACS Publications has a distinguished publishing history and reputation for scientific rigor, and is known for facilitating rapid publication through its award-winning journal publishing platform and state-of-the art editorial and production operations, which integrate online submission, peer review and technical editing with web and mobile content delivery," said colwiz Chief Scientist, Professor David Gavaghan of Oxford University. "colwiz shares ACS Publication's vision of providing researchers with the tools they need to work together across continents and across disciplines-via software that manages the entire research lifecycle from an initial idea, through complex collaborations, and on to publication of the results."
colwiz (collective wizdom) is a free research management, collaboration and productivity platform for individual researchers, groups, departments and organizations. Utilizing web, desktop, and mobile applications synched in real time, the platform manages the entire research lifecycle from an initial idea, through a complex collaboration, to publication of the results. The company was founded by leading researchers from the University of Oxford.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
The ACS Publications Division publishes more than 37,000 new research articles annually across 42 preeminent, peer- reviewed scientific journals, and hosts a comprehensive online collection of the Society's scholarly output, now totaling approximately 1 million research publications, dating back to the time of Society's origins in 1876. C&EN, published weekly by the ACS, is the Society's flagship news periodical for the chemical enterprise, attracting scientists and non- scientists alike with updates on the latest advances across a wide range of scientific disciplines including pharmaceuticals, life sciences, genomics and environmental sciences.
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, is the world's authority for chemical information. CAS is the only organization in the world whose objective is to find, collect and organise all publicly disclosed chemical substance information. A team of scientists worldwide curates and controls the quality of our databases, which are recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative by chemical and pharmaceutical companies, universities, government organizations and patent offices around the world. By combining these databases with advanced search and analysis technologies ( SciFinder® and STN®), CAS delivers the most current, complete, secure and interlinked digital information environment for scientific discovery.
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