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Several publishers on Medium have seen their traffic drop

Platforms are fond of selling publishers on their reach, but they don't always deliver. In April, a batch of small publishers migrated to Medium in the hopes that the platform's network effect would increase their reach. But seven months after the move, comScore and Alexa data show that several of these publishers have seen their traffic decline. Of the 16 largest publishers on Medium that have existed for at least a year, nine of them (56 percent) have seen their Alexa rank plummet, four of them have seen their rank increase (25 percent) and three have seen their rank fluctuate in no clear discernible pattern (19 percent). A source familiar with Medium publishers' traffic said that third-party providers do not typically account for app traffic, so Medium's reach is likely greater than third-party data indicates. However, a comScore's data takes app traffic into account. But either way, even with those caveats in mind, third-party data does not paint a pretty picture for the publishing platform.
   
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EUA calls for better balance in EU research funding

The European University Association or EUA has called on the European Commission to ensure that the next European Union Framework Programme, FP9, provides long-term policies and funding instruments for research that 'support both basic and applied research, promote collaboration among different European regions and stimulate interdisciplinary research'. The EUA also called for the programme to reinforce collaboration and minimise discrepancies in commitments to research spending across the EU, research and development or R&D intensity was 3.55 percent in Finland in 2012, but 0.42 percent in Romania, for instance, and to seek a stronger alignment of policies for education, research and innovation.
   
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A PLOS Response to Open in Action with Open Science

PLOS has proven that making quality research openly available for anyone to read, download and reuse is a viable business model. Our collaborative efforts with like-minded organizations have inspired others, from individual researchers to the larger publishing industry, to move toward a more open ethos. In this environment, Open Access is no longer constrained to free access to research, it's also about open data and a more open way of working together. Examples of this at PLOS include our pioneering a forward-thinking data policy at scale and contributions to the community-developed open-standard taxonomy of contributions, the CRediT Project, that provides specific and comprehensive attribution on research articles for all who participate in generating a published work.
   
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The New Model for Scientific Publishing

Scientific publishing is a multi-billion dollar industry, yet little of that money is reinvested in the scientists actually conducting the research. Paywalls for those looking to access information and high open access publishing fees impede scientific progress and favour people and institutions with resources. As one of the last independent, nonprofit scientific publishers completely governed by scientists, The Electrochemical Society has developed a business-model changing initiative called Free the Science that will make our research freely available to all readers, while remaining free for authors to publish. Free the Science is an effort to keep more money in research rather than in the publishing industry.
   
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Rising academic journal prices limit research access at LSU, other universities

Universities' libraries are struggling to maintain extensive research libraries as subscription costs for academic journals continue to rise, sometimes at four times the rate of inflation. Procuring journals is especially difficult when library budgets remain stagnant or dip. Researchers still need reference materials, and many have to make do with less respected materials because they're available. Others are resorting to using pirated journal articles from sites such as Sci-Hub, a Russian user-supported website that aims to counteract the rising costs of academi journals.
   
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