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A Scientific Look at Bad Science - The Atlantic

A Scientific Look at Bad Science - The Atlantic | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Recent research about fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems
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What counts as an academic publication?

What counts as an academic publication? | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
What is it that sets academic publications apart from articles on The Conversation? Peer review might be your first answer.

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What to believe in the new world of open access publishing - The Conversation AU

What to believe in the new world of open access publishing - The Conversation AU | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Just as no one ever assumed that everything in print was trustworthy, neither should that be the case for open access content.
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Long but interesting presentation & discussion of the issue of "predatory" vs. "quality" scholarly publishing.  

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Trends in Research Publications INFORMS Editors' Panel

INFORMS Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA, November 2014.
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A mixed methods study of the factors that influence whether intervention research has policy and practice impacts: perceptions of Australian researchers -- -- BMJ Open

What factors influence the real impact of health intervention research? Key findings http://t.co/cHhXDHpG8c @SimonChapman6 @BMJ_Open
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One finding: "Peer-review journal publication on intervention effects appears to be necessary, but not sufficient, to produce policy and practice impacts."

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UKSG Conference 2013 - Plenary Session 5 - YouTube

Publishers and librarians: we share the same values -- why are we fighting? T Scott Plutchak University of Alabama at Birmingham
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"We're (librarians & publishers) are squared off in our corners looking at each other through this lens of caricatures."

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T. Scott: What We Share

T. Scott: What We Share | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
I was in Frankfurt in 2006, having been invited to speak at the annual meeting of the STM association. It was a heady experience. I don't remember what I talked about (I hope it was useful) but I certainly learned...
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"I still believe that the best way forward is for librarians, publishers of all stripes, researchers, academics and members of the public to engage and argue and work together to build a scholarly ecosystem that works for the public good."


It *is* hard to get past the jealousy and resentment of the wild financial success of a few very large publishers that has been built from the shrinking budgets of academic libraries.  However, not *all* publishers are of that same ilk.  And, indeed, we *are* part of that "scholarly ecosystem."  

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Speeding up scholarly communication for rapid sharing - Times Higher Education (blog)

Speeding up scholarly communication for rapid sharing - Times Higher Education (blog) | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Dalmeet Singh Chawla rounds up the recent discussion about single figure publications
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Interesting idea...“single figure publications” (SFPs).  

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Academic Oligarchy: Majority of Science Publishing is Controlled by Just Six ... - Center for Research on Globalization

Academic Oligarchy: Majority of Science Publishing is Controlled by Just Six ... - Center for Research on Globalization | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
The flow of science in this modern age is largely controlled by just six corporate publishing groups, which by calculated design have been gobbling up the journal market since at least the 1970s. A...
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OK, this isn't really news to us librarians who buy the science literature from the Big 6...but it is spreading the word.

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Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War II

Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War II | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
And, in the process, they created a nation of readers. (Brilliant @timoreilly Freemium and the paperback.
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That's right - publisher's were pushers, getting our brave GI's addicted to good literature.  Of course, this was only after libraries donated thousands of books to Doughboys a generation earlier.

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Literature goes online for free in Norway - Sydney Morning Herald

Literature goes online for free in Norway - Sydney Morning Herald | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Sydney Morning Herald Literature goes online for free in Norway Sydney Morning Herald At a time when the publishing world is torn over its relationship to the internet - which has massively expanded access to books but also threatens royalty...
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Could this work elsewhere?  Interesting that only a few publishers have requested removal of works.  Indeed, the thought is that digitization revives interest, at least in some works.  I'd really like to see the usage data of these works compares with sales.

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Literature goes online for free in Norway
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Macrothink Institute Expands its Line of Academic Journals - EIN News (press release)

Macrothink Institute Expands its Line of Academic Journals - EIN News (press release) | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Macrothink Institute Expands its Line of Academic Journals EIN News (press release) IJCH is published online, and deals in subject that fall under the culture and history umbrella, such as literature, religion, linguistics, law, and issues...
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What can we learn from hashtags as an indexing tool for scholarly research?

What can we learn from hashtags as an indexing tool for scholarly research? | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Guest post by Tyler Gayheart.(Cross post from http://www.TylerGayheart.com)
Do you feel the Internet is an easy to navigate space for developing a strong literature base for academic research?

   


Via Dean J. Fusto, Thomas Faltin
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Open for Business - Inside Higher Ed (blog)

Open for Business - Inside Higher Ed (blog) | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Open for Business
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
Basically, scientists want access to scientific research and these days even a well-funded institution can't afford all the journals where research of interest may be published.
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5 Aug Predatory publishers

Predatory publishers,” presented by Paula Callan, Scholarly communications Librarian, QUT and Stephanie Bradbury, Research Support Coordinator, QUT.
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OK, *this* is the long but interesting presentation on predatory publishing...But the other item is interesting too.

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Bibliometrics: Difference between revisions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bibliometrics: Difference between revisions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Bibliometrics was just edited by The Transhumanist http://t.co/gAx4ZCGgY7
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Universities wasting public money on 'pointless' research, says think tank ... - Telegraph.co.uk

Universities wasting public money on 'pointless' research, says think tank ... - Telegraph.co.uk | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
The way government research funding is allocated to universities may be distorting academic priorities, one think tank has said
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Now, this is a study of UK gov't funding of research at UK institutions...but, in general, does government funding of research lead to the tail ragging the dog?

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Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: “101 Innovations” and Scientific Workflow

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: “101 Innovations” and Scientific Workflow | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Jeroen Bosman and Bianca Kramer, librarians at Utrecht University, talk with podcast host Stewart Wills about their 101 Innovations project. Continue reading →
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Scientists Are Hoarding Data And It’s Ruining Medical Research

Scientists Are Hoarding Data And It’s Ruining Medical Research | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Major flaws in two massive trials of deworming pills show the importance of sharing data — which most scientists don't do.
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So true, so true

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UK University Journal Costs

RT @McDawg: So how much do publishers charge the likes of @ucl & @imperialcollege ? http://t.co/TUdUid0iC7 http://t.co/5jOAXbNqun
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Wow...this is interesting.  They provide a graphic showing the distribution of spending on journals by UK universities by publisher over time.  I need to do the same thing for us.  Gee, it would be nice to do the same thing for our peers.

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New Roles for Researchers, Publishers and Libraries

Learn New Roles for Researchers, Publishers and Libraries.
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I've only seen the first few minutes, but this does look interesting.

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Open Access Publishing Strategies, Options and Issues for Scholar Publishers

Learn Open Access Publishing Strategies, Options and Issues for Scholar Publishers.
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Asserting Rights We Don't Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer ... - Library Journal

Asserting Rights We Don't Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer ... - Library Journal | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Asserting Rights We Don't Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer ...
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Interesting thoughts...What *is* the basis for these restrictions?  Have we seriously considered how these policies contradict our core values?  Special collection and archives friends: should we re-consider these policies and go the way of UVA?

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Canada's closure of science libraries riles researchers - Phys.org

Canada's closure of science libraries riles researchers - Phys.org | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
Canada's closure of science libraries containing a vast repository of environmental data dating back more than a century has researchers worried that valuable books and reference materials are being lost in the name of ...
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Need to chase funding distracts scientists from research

Need to chase funding distracts scientists from research | Scholarly Communication | Scoop.it
As government purse strings tighten, Canadian scientists have to look for funds from a variety of sources.
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This is one of the reasons I stopped pursuing my PhD in public health - I just couldn't see myself doing all that is needed to secure funding for research.

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