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Mid-tier journals ‘risk being squeezed out by monopoly publishers’

Mid-tier journals ‘risk being squeezed out by monopoly publishers’ | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Biggest titles’ opening of sister periodicals is taking submissions away from specialist titles, researchers warn
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Rising Publication Delays Inflate Journal Impact Factors

Rising Publication Delays Inflate Journal Impact Factors | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Journal impact factors have become an important criterion to judge the quality of scientific publications over the years, influencing the evaluation of institutions and individual researchers worldwide. However, they are also subject to a number of criticisms. Here we point out that the calculation of a journal’s impact factor is mainly based on the date of publication of its articles in print form, despite the fact that most journals now make their articles available online before that date. We analyze 61 neuroscience journals and show that delays between online and print publication of articles increased steadily over the last decade. Importantly, such a practice varies widely among journals, as some of them have no delays, while for others this period is longer than a year. Using a modified impact factor based on online rather than print publication dates, we demonstrate that online-to-print delays can artificially raise a journal’s impact factor, and that this inflation is greater for longer publication lags. We also show that correcting the effect of publication delay on impact factors changes journal rankings based on this metric. We thus suggest that indexing of articles in citation databases and calculation of citation metrics should be based on the date of an article’s online appearance, rather than on that of its publication in print.
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Plain-language Summaries of Research: An inside guide to eLife digests

Plain-language Summaries of Research: An inside guide to eLife digests | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
After summarizing over 2,400 articles in plain language, the eLife Features team shares what it has learnt about writing and editing for a broad audience.
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Scholarly Publishers Join Forces to Launch Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA)

Scholarly Publishers Join Forces to Launch Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA) | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Initiative Aims to Promote Awareness and Support of Society-Sponsored Journals
Washington, D.C. – A group of prestigious not-for-profit scientific membership societies today announced the launch of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA) (byscientistsforscience.org), an initiative focused on building awareness of and support for publication of scientific research by scientist-run scientific societies.

The SSPA started as a collaboration
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Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals

Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
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Top Chinese university to consider social-media posts in researcher evaluations

Top Chinese university to consider social-media posts in researcher evaluations | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Controversial policy means mainstream media are starting to rival rigorous academic publications in some universities in China.
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Avoiding Hype and Enhancing Awareness in Science Communication | NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences

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Journal Impact: Brave New World

Journal Impact: Brave New World | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
The InCitesTM Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), a product of Clarivate Analytics, was released recently for the citation year 2016. We were pleased to see that The Plant Cell 2-year and 5-year journal impact factors (JIFs) rose slightly compared with 2015, to values of nearly 8.7 and 10.0,
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Publishers go after networking site for illicit sharing of journal papers

Publishers go after networking site for illicit sharing of journal papers | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Letter requests that ResearchGate consider removing content in violation of copyright
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Open access megajournals: The publisher perspective (Part 1: Motivations)

This paper is the first of two Learned Publishing articles in which we report the results of a series of interviews with senior publishers and editors exploring open access megajournals (OAMJs)
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Chinese scientists can be paid up to $165K for publishing a single paper in a top Western journal

Chinese scientists can be paid up to $165K for publishing a single paper in a top Western journal | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
The first study of payments to Chinese scientists for publishing in high-impact journals has serious implications for the future of research
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Manuscript Exchange Common Approach (MECA)

Manuscript Exchange Common Approach  (MECA) | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Collaborating toward the shared goal of systems interoperability - info@manuscriptexchange.org
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Beyond Bar and Line Graphs: Time for a New Data Presentation Paradigm

Beyond Bar and Line Graphs: Time for a New Data Presentation Paradigm | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
A systematic review of research articles reveals widespread poor practice in the presentation of continuous data. The authors recommend training for investigators and supply templates for easy use.
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The P. patens chromosome‐scale assembly reveals moss genome structure and evolution

The draft genome of the moss model, Physcomitrella patens, comprised approximately 2,000 unordered scaffolds. In order to enable analyses of genome structure and evolution we generated a chromosome-scale genome assembly using genetic linkage as well as (end) sequencing of long DNA fragments. We find that 57% of the genome comprises transposable elements (TEs), some of which may be actively transposing during the life cycle. Unlike in flowering plant genomes, gene- and TE-rich regions show an overall even distribution along the chromosomes. However, the chromosomes are mono-centric with peaks of a class of Copia elements potentially coinciding with centromeres. Gene body methylation is evident in 5.7% of the protein-coding genes, typically coinciding with low GC and low expression. Some giant virus insertions are transcriptionally active and might protect gametes from viral infection via siRNA mediated silencing. Structure-based detection methods show that the genome evolved via two rounds of whole genome duplications (WGDs), apparently common in mosses but not in liverworts and hornworts. Several hundred genes are present in colinear regions conserved since the last common ancestor of plants. These syntenic regions are enriched for functions related to plant-specific cell growth and tissue organization. The P. patens genome lacks the TE-rich pericentromeric and gene-rich distal regions typical for most flowering plant genomes. More non-seed plant genomes are needed to unravel how plant genomes evolve, and to understand whether the P. patens genome structure is typical for mosses or bryophytes.


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As science becomes more international, scientific editorial boards lag behind

As science becomes more international, scientific editorial boards lag behind | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Across the world, countries are investing in science and technology, leading to the emergence of scientific hotspots outside of the traditional centers in the U.S. and Europe. However, a study publishing December 12 in th
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A decade of using text-mining for citation function classification

A decade of using text-mining for citation function classification | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Academic work is typically filled with references to previous work. Unfortunately, most of these references have, at best, a tangential relevance. Thus you cannot trust that a paper that cites another actually builds on it. A more likely scenario is that the authors of the latest paper did not eve
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Springer's abusive licensing demands

Today I posted a tweetstorm on publishing an article with F1000Research that was originally commissioned by Springer:1. We just published this article i
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Few authors choose anonymous peer review, massive study of Nature journals shows

Few authors choose anonymous peer review, massive study of Nature journals shows | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Scientists from developing countries and less prestigious institutes more often prefer reviewers to be blinded to their identity
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Research: The readability of scientific texts is decreasing over time

Research: The readability of scientific texts is decreasing over time | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Scientific abstracts have become less readable over the past 130 years, in part because recent texts include more general scientific jargon than older texts.
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Ironically, in my view, this paper could use some editing for readability.
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Swipe right for science: Papr app is ‘Tinder for preprints’

Swipe right for science: Papr app is ‘Tinder for preprints’ | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
App lets researchers rate life-sciences abstracts by swiping across a screen.
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CRISPR-Cpf1: A New Tool for Plant Genome Editing

CRISPR-Cpf1: A New Tool for Plant Genome Editing | Emerging Trends in Publishing and Science Writing | Scoop.it
Clustered regularly interspaced palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated proteins (CRISPR-Cas), a groundbreaking genome-engineering tool, has facilitated targeted trait improvement in plants. Recently, CRISPR-CRISPR from Prevotella and Francisella 1 (Cpf1) has emerged as a new tool for efficient genome editing, including DNA-free editing in plants, with higher efficiency, specificity, and potentially wider applications than CRISPR-Cas9.

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