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Hundreds of scientists have peer-reviewed for predatory journals

Hundreds of scientists who post their peer-review activity on the website Publons say they’ve reviewed papers for journals termed ‘predatory’ — although they might not know it. An analysis of the site has found that it hosts at least 6,000 records of reviews for more than 1,000 predatory journals. The… Read More

Artificial intelligence is selecting grant reviewers in China

China’s largest funder of basic science is piloting an artificial intelligence tool that selects researchers to review grant applications, in an attempt to make the process more efficient, faster and fairer. Some researchers say the approach by the National Natural Science Foundation of China is world-leading, but others are sceptical… Read More

Flaws in Academic Publishing Perpetuate a Form of Neo-Colonialism

Academic publishing is the backbone of science. Publishing papers is one of the primary ways in which scientists disseminate findings to peers as well as the general public. Academia has been plagued by the ‘publish or perish’ ethos, such that the number of publications they have determines important career events… Read More

Making Monographs Open

The University of North Carolina Press is leading an experiment to significantly lower the cost of producing scholarly books - an important step toward a sustainable open-access publishing model for monographs. Many university presses have experimented with open-access monographs, but few have transitioned away from charging fees for most work,… Read More

Open Access Publishing is the Future

Open Access (OA) literature is published on the internet, free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. There are OA journals for new research and OA repositories to store published work. By allowing anyone with an internet connection to read and learn from a work, its impact is maximised. Anything less… Read More

New age of academic publishing

There is a digital revolution underway. It is changing how many things are done – including scholarly publishing. The way that academic research is published, and its availability, has shifted over time. Academic and scholarly journals used to be available only in hard copy. Then came fairly ubiquitous internet access.… Read More

How the open access model hurts academics in poorer countries

The rise of open access publishing should be applauded. Scientific research and literature should be made available to everyone, with no cost to the reader. But there is a catch: nothing is actually free and someone has to pay. The open access model merely changes who pays. So rather than… Read More

Global Online Community of Research Administrators and Managers from Elsevier

(prnewswire.com): Communispace, a pioneer of online customer insight communities for some of the world's leading brands, and its client Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific and technical products and services, have formed a brand new online community of 150 research administrators and managers from all over the world. The community… Read More

Elsevier Mutiny: Cracks Are Widening in the Fortress of Academic Publishing

A prestigious academic journal has just experienced the closest thing to outright mutiny: All six editors and the entire editorial board of the well-respected linguistics journal Lingua resigned en masse last week. And the reason says a lot about the ongoing disruption taking place in the formerly sleepy world of… Read More

Questioning the drug firms-scientists nexus

The US Center for Science in the Public Interest has questioned medical journals for not revealing the financial relationship the authors hold with drug companies for the studies that may potentially benefit the companies. . Scientists whose researches are funded by drug companies often publish their reports in prestigious scientific… Read More


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