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Mayo Clinic signs with new publisher

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Mayo Clinic signs with new publisher

This is kind of interesting in an academic kind of way.

So Mayo Clinic is going with a new publisher for its monthly medical research magazine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

At the start of 2012, the current publisher Quadrant Healthcom Inc. of New Jersey is out and Amsterdam-based Elsevier is in.

Since the thick and glossy Proceedings has a circulation of about 130,000, that's got to be a pretty big publishing contract.

As a side note, Quadrant's website describes its history this way:

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"The company was founded in June 1996 through the acquisition of properties and other assets then part of the Excerpta Medica Division of Reed Elsevier."

So Quadrant was beat out by its former parent company, I guess. Wonder what the behind-the-scenes politics of this deal are?

Of course, we are talking about an academic-focused medical journal not Rupert Murdoch and the News of the World. So maybe the behind closed doors piece of this deal might not be super scintillating. Heh.

Here's some from Mayo's announcement of this deal:

Mayo Clinic announced June 13 that it has entered into an agreement with Elsevier to publish Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

A peer-reviewed journal, Mayo Clinic Proceedings publishes studies in clinical and laboratory medicine, clinical research, basic science research, clinical epidemiology, health policy and general and internal medicine. The journal also offers unique features such as Concise Review for Clinicians, Residents' Clinic, and Symposia on new developments in the practice of medicine.

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Mayo Clinic looks to further develop Mayo Clinic Proceedings' e-presence, supporting its evolution into an integrated online journal, improve submission-to-publication times, and continue the growth of its already strong impact.

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