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Why Digital Platform Solutions Are Needed in Academic Publishing

While traditional books are standalone products, marketed separately and designed to inform without context, their use in academic contexts can be very different. Students use large amounts of digital content in a specific subject area in a short time. Their research, their writing and their pursuit of a degree are focused on a limited number of domains, and they need access to a large number of resources and tools for managing all their content.
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Dodgy peer reviews reflect badly on China: science group head

The president of the China Association for Science and Technology, Han Qide, has blasted well-publicized instances of fake peer reviewing involving the country's academics, saying that it has harmed China's international image in the academic sector, reports their Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily. Han made the condemnation after Springer Science+ Business Media, a Germany-based global publishing company, retracted 64 papers by Chinese scholars last month on the basis that the papers were likely to have been presented with fake peer reviews.
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Why your big data strategy is a bust

In retiring Gartner's Hype Cycle for big data, Heudecker blithely reasons that 'big data is no longer a topic unto itself' and needn't be treated as such. This is similar to what happened with open source: For years it was a big topic, then it became standard operating procedure for any business serious about software. But if big data has reached a point where it has simply become essential to everything else, why are so many companies still struggling to put their data to good use?
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Africa: Open Access Is Not Free. Someone Is Doing the Work. Someone Is Paying

Silicon Valley futurist, Steward Brand, states that all information should be made available for free. But his corollary is that the information wants to be expensive because it is so valuable. There is always a value chain, and costs are incurred, on a continuing basis, whatever the platform that houses it. Someone somewhere is paying for open access publishing. Open access, which stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse of published materials, took off in 2012 and is driven by the promise of wider exposure of articles that can be freely read by anyone connected to the Internet.
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New partnership gives space to up-and-coming publishers

An industry that is not constantly growing and nurturing new talent is doomed to fail. Given that, the Publishing Association of South Africa (Pasa) and the Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing Seta (FP&M Seta) have joined forces to encourage skills development in the publishing industry. In a unique initiative, the SA Book Fair 2015 and the FP&M Seta aim to provide a platform for new publishers to exhibit alongside established leaders in the publishing world.
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