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FASTR legislation to ensure permanency of public access to scientific research -

SPARC, an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication, has applauded the introduction of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, which would ensure that public access to research articles becomes the law… Read More

Chinese researchers responsible for ‘fake peer review’ scandals, says study -

The BMJ-run Postgraduate Medical Journal published a study, according to which, efforts by China’s government and scientific bodies to root out academic misconduct and encourage publishing ethics may help to remedy the problem. The study, titled, Characteristics of retractions related to fake peer reviews, published in the September issue, further… Read More

FTC sues academic journal publisher OMICS Group for deceptive practices -

The Federal Trade Commission has charged academic journal publisher OMICS Group of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The… Read More

Publishers appeal GSU copyright case -

The publisher plaintiffs in Cambridge University Press vs. Patton (known commonly as the GSU e-reserves case) have again appealed the case following their second district court loss in eight years of litigation. In an August 26 notice of filing, the publishers confirmed that they will… Read More

Apple to begin paying $400 million to consumers in price-fixing settlement -

Beginning June 21, 2016, millions of e-book purchasers will receive credits and checks for twice their losses following an antitrust lawsuit filed against Apple Inc. and five of the nation’s largest publishing companies for their roles in an alleged e-book price-fixing scheme, according to Hagens Berman,… Read More

The UK Government commissions Tech Partnership to create standards for basic digital skills -

The Tech Partnership has been asked by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to define the standards for basic digital skills – the skills that everyone needs for life in a digitally-enabled world; for getting… Read More


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