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Peer-reviewed journals aren't worth the paper they're written on

(independent.co.uk): Academic journals like to pride themselves on peer review, the process of sending out papers to other experts in the field for pre-publication checks. "Is it in a peer-reviewed journal?" journalists are meant to ask themselves before launching into another story about rice pudding causing cancer, or chocolate prolonging life.
   
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How Metadata Can Eliminate the Need for Pay Walls

(pbs.org): Pay walls represent both a practical and philosophical shift in the provision of news on the net. They represent a shift from the openness that has defined the early history of the web, to a closed world much more reminiscent of the 20th century's constrained media environment. Erect a pay wall and you immediately cut yourself off from much of the web community. You disable the vast majority of people from recommending, linking, commenting, quoting, and discussing.
   
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While Waiting for Mandates: The Fruits of Tireless Advocacy at the Open University

(openaccess.eprints.org): Much debate exists in the literature, on listservs, and in the blogosphere as to whether a successful and sustainable repository can be achieved solely through advocacy, management, and development, or whether this is only likely to happen if an institutional mandate is introduced. A much quoted figure is that a non-mandated repository is only likely to capture around 15% of its institution's research output, and at the very most (for an Incentivised Repository) 30% (Harnad, 2009).
   
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Jon Stewart Rips Google's Net Neutrality Flip Flop

(huffingtonpost.com): On "The Daily Show" last night, Jon Stewart skewered Google for flip-flopping on the issue of net neutrality--and violating its "don't be evil" motto--by joining forces with Verizon to draw up a controversial policy proposal for managing Internet traffic. Stewart showed clips of Google VP and "father of the Internet" Vint Cerf emphasizing the importance of net neutrality in 2006.
   
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34 new stem cell journals since 2004: is this a good thing?

(arstechnica.com): Five years ago, it would take a lot of effort just to find a single scientific journal devoted to stem cells. Now, the authors of a survey of the field found 34 of them without even trying that hard; meanwhile, major results can find a home in less-specialized journals like Development, Nature, and Science. The authors consider two possible outcomes of this proliferation of journals, both of them potentially disturbing for the scientific community: either the new journals pay host to a lot of low-quality papers, or abuse of peer review is driving otherwise good work into obscure outlets.
   
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