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Academic publishers have become the enemies of science | Dr Mike Taylor - Science - guardian.co.uk 2012-01-16 | offene Ablage: nothing to hide

Academic publishers have become the enemies of science | Dr Mike Taylor - Science - guardian.co.uk 2012-01-16 | offene Ablage: nothing to hide | oAnth-miscellaneous | Scoop.it

original URL -- http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jan/16/academic-publishers-enemies-science/print

 

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This is the moment academic publishers gave up all pretence of being on the side of scientists. Their rhetoric has traditionally been of partnering with scientists, but the truth is that for some time now scientific publishers have been anti-science and anti-publication. The Research Works Act, introduced in the US Congress on 16 December, amounts to a declaration of war by the publishers.

 

The USA's main funding agency for health-related research is the National Institutes of Health, with a $30bn annual budget. The NIH has a public access policy that says taxpayer-funded research must be freely accessible online. This means that members of the public, having paid once to have the research done, don't have to pay for it again when they read it – a wholly reasonable policy, and one with enormous humanitarian implications because it means the results of medical research are made freely available around the world.

 

A similar policy is now being adopted in the UK. On page 76 of the policy document Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth the government states that it is "committed to ensuring that publicly funded research should be accessible free of charge". All of this is great for the progress of science, which has always been based on the free flow of ideas, the sharing of data, and standing on the shoulders of giants.

 

But what's good for science isn't necessarily good for science publishers, whose interests have drifted far out of alignment with ours. Under the old model, publishers become the owners of the papers they publish, holding the copyright and selling copies around the world – a useful service in pre-internet days. But now that it's a trivial undertaking to make a paper globally available, there is no reason why scientists need yield copyright to publishers.

 

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Are Private Investigators Being Used to Intimidate New York Attorney General Schneiderman’s Staff? | naked capitalism - 2011-09-18 | offene Ablage: nothing to hide

Are Private Investigators Being Used to Intimidate New York Attorney General Schneiderman’s Staff? | naked capitalism - 2011-09-18 | offene Ablage: nothing to hide | oAnth-miscellaneous | Scoop.it

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- http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/09/are-private-investigators-being-used-to-intimidate-new-york-attorney-general-schneidermans-staff.html

 

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 After l’affaire Spitzer, readers in comments have repeatedly noted that Schneiderman had better be squeaky clean since he would be targeted by private investigators, as Spitzer clearly was. This Post “story” looks to have been the result of private investigators going after Schneiderman’s staff, with the intent of intimidating them and embarrassing and discrediting him. This report is even less specific than the one the Post filed on the maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape and clearly came from private investigators in the employ of DSK. And those sensationalistic charges, that she was a hooker, that the union had placed her in the hotel and had some sort of profit sharing arrangement, that she was turning tricks while under protective custody, all appear to have been fabrications (they initially sounded plausible because they were detailed, but the maid is suing the Post for defamation, and a source has indicated that there is no evidence that she was a prostitute).

 

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