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Can Open Access Journals Guarantee Sound Methods?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): In recent years, a number of publishers have launched open access journals designed to reside at the bottom of their peer review cascade. These journals, according to this post, will accept papers that may not report novel results just as long as they contain a sound methodology.
   
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Drug companies skew trial data to trick the public

(naturalnews.com): Tampering with drug trials is nothing new for the pharmaceutical industry, but recent reports explain just how far drug companies are willing to go to make an ineffective, unsafe drug look safe and effective. A recent BBC report explains that in many countries, drug companies are not even required to publish all safety study data when submitting to journals, so they typically submit only the ones that appear positive while burying the negative ones.
   
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An evidence-based call to get pharma out of medical education

(blogs.crikey.com.au): A team of researchers from Australia, Canada and Malaysia has published a systematic review investigating the impact of pharmaceutical promotions in the online journal PLoS Medicine. The editor's summary of the review concludes that the findings support the case for reforms to reduce negative influence to prescribing from pharmaceutical promotion.
   
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We Thought The Internet Was Killing Print-But It Isn't

(paidcontent.org): The Guardian, Times and Telegraph are all down by around a third, and the Sun has lost more than a million: but again there's no mechanical relationship here. Price matters. It always does. But investment and innovation matter as well. They always do. And you can't help by being struck how little of that goes on in print these days.
   
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Many Scientific Reports Plagiarsed

(ipsnews.net): Embarrassing retractions of scientific papers and a thinly-disguised report favouring introduction of genetically modified crops by the country's top science academies have revived calls for more stringent action against plagiarism and unethical practices. India's scientific community professed shock to see three retraction notices published in the November-December 2010 issue of 'Biotechnology Advances', a prestigious international scientific journal, against three papers presented to it by Indian scientists..
   
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