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eBooks: Will Technology Kill Book Publishing?

(huffingtonpost.com): There has been much talk about the decline, and some say inevitable death, of the publishing industry as we know it today. Central to this argument are the rise of e-book sales and the increasing options available to authors to self-publish.
   
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Drug firms 'must publish all data'

(google.com): Drug companies should be forced to publish all their trial data rather than selecting evidence to back up their claims, experts have said. A review of clinical trial results for the anti-depressant Edronax (reboxetine) showed pharmaceutical firms did not publish most of the data for the drug.
   
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Ebook popularity has publishers fearing 'Napster moment'

(thespec.com): Scores of readers have embraced devices like Kindles and iPads, but their new-found popularity has also brought about concerns that e-books are having a "Napster moment." Google searches for illegal downloads are up 50 per cent in the last year. Publishers hope to appeal to readers to make the right choice.
   
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Scientific misconduct and skepticgate

(sciblogs.co.nz): Plagiarism is the use of text from others' writing without attribution. This was a big issue for student assessment at universities but apparently it is also an issue for scientific journals. Many journals now use a computer programme to check out submitted papers for plagiarized content..
   
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Long Road to Open Access

(insidehighered.com): It has been more than a year since five leading research universities agreed to establish "timely" mechanisms for paying the publication fees for faculty who decide to publish in open-access journals. The goal is to eventually lure journals away from a subscriber-based model that limits access to articles and costs libraries a fortune. Open-access journals eliminate the steep prices of print, but their growth has been limited by the absence of a revenue stream to support the costs associated with peer review. The idea that top universities might help subsidize these costs was seen by some as a key step toward creating a revenue stream to replace subscriber fees.
   
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