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This is an aggregator of news, articles, and blog posts about the scientific publication process. It get's updated on the flow whenever I find something interesting. So check back regularly or "follow".

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Jonah Lehrer’s Journalistic Misdeeds at Wired.com

Jonah Lehrer’s Journalistic Misdeeds at Wired.com | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

For the past three months, Jonah Lehrer, science journalist, author of three books, and (former) New Yorker staff writer has been under siege. In mid-June, he was accused of recycling his old work and publishing it as new. Since then, a number of accounts assert that Lehrer committed the two mortal sins of journalism: fabrication and plagiarism.

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Petition Urges White House to Require Public Access to Federally Financed Research - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Building off recent momentum behind their cause, a group of public-access advocates has started a petition asking the Obama administration to require that work supported by taxpayer money be accessible online. The petition, from www.Access2Research.org, went live on the White House’s We the People public-petition site late Sunday night. Organizers got the word out quickly and broadly via social media (see the Twitter hashtag #OAMonday) and with the help of like-minded groups.

By Wednesday afternoon, close to 13,000 people had signed, more than half the goal of 25,000. According to the site’s rules, if a petition gets 25,000 signatures within 30 days, it goes to the president’s chief of staff and will get a response from the White House.

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Wiki founder to build open access site for UK research - The Conversation

Wiki founder to build open access site for UK research - The Conversation | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

"The British government has enlisted the services of Wikipedia in a push to make all taxpayer-funded academic research from the UK freely available online – regardless of whether it is also published in a subscription-only journal.

It is the latest blow to be struck for the open access movement, a decades-old campaign that has gathered momentum in recent months with a boycott of one of the giants of academic publishing, Elsevier, by almost 11,000 researchers worldwide."

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Journal metrics

Journal metrics | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

So there's more than just the impact factor

 

"Last week a new measure of the impact of a journal was launched: Google Scholar Metrics. So it seems like a good time to review the various metrics available for journals. Below I summarise six measures of journal impact"

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Wellcome Trust joins 'academic spring' to open up science

Wellcome Trust joins 'academic spring' to open up science | Publishing Science | Scoop.it
Wellcome backs campaign to break stranglehold of academic journals and allow all research papers to be shared free online...

 

With Wellcome Trust, the second largest non-gov funder of medical research, a big big player is entering the field! Looking forward for the first edition of eLIFE!

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Salzburg University fires crystallographer Robert Schwarzenbacher for faking data in Journal of Immunology paper

Salzburg University fires crystallographer Robert Schwarzenbacher for faking data in Journal of Immunology paper | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

Another example of too much pressure:

 

"The crystallographer who confessed to data fabrication that has forced the retraction of a structure in a Journal of Immunology paper on birch pollen allergen — but later recanted — has been fired by the University of Salzburg. Robert Schwarzenbacher, 39, was awarded a 1.7 million-euro Marie Curie fellowship, the highest individual European research award, six years ago."

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193 papers could be retracted: Journal consortium issues ultimatum in Fujii case

193 papers could be retracted: Journal consortium issues ultimatum in Fujii case | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

"Needless to say, should all 193 papers fall, Fujii would hold the record for most retractions by a single author — a mark currently safely in the hands of another anesthesiologist, Joachim Boldt, of Germany, with about 90."

 

Wow....

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What is YOUR Journal’s Content Innovation?

What is YOUR Journal’s Content Innovation? | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

That looks awesome!

 

"Today’s scientific research increasingly uses electronic tools to generate and capture its output, in many more formats than just text and images. In order to meet this change in behavior of the scientific community and use these tools and data in research communication as well, we need to adapt and improve the scientific article. This is what Content Innovation at Elsevier is all about."

 

 

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How scholarly publishers upset their next generation of customers in India

How scholarly publishers upset their next generation of customers in India | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

From those the publishers say they barely exist: academics who cannot afford access to knowledge. After shutdown of the download platform library.nu they lack access to scientific books:

 

"There is an angry, disgruntled buzz in several universities across India as students discover that their rock of refuge during research has been shut down by the order of a court in Munich.

 

Library.nu, for innumerable users, was a source of otherwise inaccessible research material. The claim of publishing houses that this e-book piracy was leading to mammoth losses is, therefore, questionable. Shutting library.nu only makes a huge mass of research inaccessible to a global audience.

 

Given the nature of the Internet, the publisher coalition seems to be set on fighting a losing battle. The angry buzz in colleges is quickly being replaced with the name of a newly-discovered treasure trove of free knowledge."


Via Andrew Spong
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High impact EMBO Molecular Medicine to Publish Under Open Access Model

"Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and EMBO today announced that EMBO Molecular Medicine will, as of March 2012, join the Wiley Open Access publishing program. Articles in the journal will be open access and free to view, download and share for non-commercial use."

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How does it feel to have your scientific paper plagiarized?

How does it feel to have your scientific paper plagiarized? | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

"Plagiarism is a frequent reason for retraction. Today, we’re pleased to present a guest post by Marya Zilberberg... In this post, she describes what it’s like to find out one of your papers has been plagiarized — and how to get satisfaction. Well, sort of."

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'Suspect' journals take scientists for a ride - AfricanBrains

'Suspect' journals take scientists for a ride - AfricanBrains | Publishing Science | Scoop.it
'Suspect' journals take scientists for a ride AfricanBrains Under pressure to publish to advance their careers, many scientists, especially in developing countries, risk falling prey to a growing number of substandard and unethical journals that...
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President Obama: Make Publicly Funded Research Freely Available!

To sign the petition directly, visit http://wh.gov/6TH More information at http://www.access2research.org Animation by Mike McCarthy of http://www.drawnalong...
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Open Access Movement Finds New Ally in University of California, San Francisco — The Digital Shift

Open Access Movement Finds New Ally in University of California, San Francisco — The Digital Shift | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

The open access movement received another major boost on May 21 when the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), one of the leading public, scientific institutions in the country, adopted an open access policy.
The UCSF academic senate voted unanimously to make electronic versions of current and future scientific articles freely available to the public. This is particularly significant because, according to numbers from the university, the UCSF health campus is the country’s largest public recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), receiving 1,056 grants last year valued at $532.8 million.

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Coercive Citation in Academic Publishing

How to improve your impact factor:  

 

"This quote from an editor as a condition for publication highlights the problem: “you cite Leukemia [once in 42 references]. Consequently, we kindly ask you to add references of articles published in Leukemia to your present article”

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Computational Chemistry Highlights

Computational Chemistry Highlights | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

I just found this free "Overlay Journal": A bunch of scientists highlight important contributions to their field, giving other scientists the possibilities to get post-reviewed and highlighted articles.

 

I got to that website through a post in "A Chemical Education" arguing that Journal Editors are important as they provide us with reviews and highlights (http://blog.tomwphillips.co.uk/2012/04/on-the-value-of-journal-editors-and-why-green-open-access-wont-work/) This led to a comment that indeed the community can do that function too, showing as an example the Computational Chemistry Highlight.

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Google Scholar Metrics- brand new

h-index now freely available ;-) Compare to the older scoop on "why it is important to have a public Google Scholar profile".

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Authors of Journal of Immunology paper retract it after realizing they had ordered the wrong mice

Authors of Journal of Immunology paper retract it after realizing they had ordered the wrong mice | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

This is an old retraction but noteworthy as it clearly shows what can happen if a not-well-educated PhD student orders mice, and that mouse breeding is not just sandbox playing. At least you should understand the nomenclature....

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Rise in Scientific Journal Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform

Rise in Scientific Journal Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

"Retractions of published papers are on the rise, and some scientists fear the situation is out of control.Several factors are at play here. One may be that because journals are now online, bad papers are simply reaching a wider audience, making it more likely that errors will be spotted. But other forces are more pernicious. To survive professionally, scientists feel the need to publish as many papers as possible, and to get them into high-profile journals. And sometimes they cut corners or even commit misconduct to get there.

To measure this claim, they looked at the rate of retractions in 17 journals from 2001 to 2010 and compared it with the journals’ “impact factor". The higher a journal’s impact factor, the two editors found, the higher its retraction rate. The highest “retraction index” in the study went to one of the world’s leading medical journals, The New England Journal of Medicine"."

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Can we trust Western blots?

Can we trust Western blots? | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

"The title of this post is the headline of our latest column for LabTimes. It’s inspired by a number of animated discussions on Retraction Watch following our coverage of various Western blot problems — some unintentional, and some, well, less so."

 

In my own lab career I have seen blots in papers I did not trust at all- because I did the same ones and I knew exactly the difficulties behind them. Although I published many blots myself, I do not trust many of the published ones ;-)

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Journal in Neurosciences banned Supplementary Materials | EDaWaX

"I want to conclude with one last quote of Maunsell’s Editorial: “We should remember that neuroscience thrived for generations without any online supplemental material.” …wow – that’s an oath of disclosure! …the world rotates as it always did, right? Internet? Online Access? Digital science? Forget it! Paper and Pencil – that thrived for generations, too!"

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Journals that charge authors (and not for open access publication)

Journals that charge authors (and not for open access publication) | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

"Among the discussion of open access recently, there have been a few comments about the level of charges for open access publication. But of course many journals charge authors even without making their articles freely available. I think these charges are worth highlighting so that you can make an informed choice of journal."

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Self-plagiarism: Bruno Frey gets away with a slap on the wrist

The University of Zurich has finally closed its investigation into the academic conduct of Bruno Frey, who has been accused of prolific self-plagiarism. The economist is getting away with a slap on...
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Why every scientist should make his Google Scholar profile public

Why every scientist should make his Google Scholar profile public | Publishing Science | Scoop.it

The author recommends the Google Scolar profile as an open-access alternative to ISI Web of Knowledge and its supply of the 3 numbers used to measure scientific impact: Numbers of papers in journals, in high-impact journals, and the h-index.

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