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A Venerated Medical Journal Finds Itself Under Attack

The New England Journal of Medicine is arguably the best-known and most venerated medical journal in the world. Studies featured in its pages are cited more often, on average, than those of any of its peers. And the careers of young researchers can take off if their work is deemed worthy of appearing in it. But following a series of well-publicized feuds with prominent medical researchers and former editors of the Journal, some are questioning whether the publication is slipping in relevancy and reputation.
   
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The Import Trends Driving the Chinese Academic Publishing Boom

The Chinese academic publishing industry is booming. In recent years, China has paid more and more attention to academic publishing, with companies publishing works that feature new ideas and old traditions. Indeed, the Chinese government itself has recognised that the quality of academic publishing reflects the country's technological development as a whole.
   
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Use of open access platforms for clinical trial data

In a study appearing in the March 22/29 issue of JAMA, Ann Marie Navar, M.D., Ph.D., of Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues examined how shared clinical trial data are being used. Concerns over bias in clinical trial reporting have stimulated calls for more open data sharing. In response, multiple pharmaceutical companies have created mechanisms for investigators to access patient-level clinical trials data.
   
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New moves in push to Open Access to scholarly journals

Two important steps were taken in the drive to support the conversion of the majority of present scholarly journals from subscription only to Open Access. The Max Planck Society published an Expression of Interest already adopted by 30 signatories, inviting all parties involved in scholarly publishing to collaborate on a 'swift and efficient transition for the benefit of scholarship and society at large'.
   
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Increasing Number of Publishers to Make ORCID IDs Compulsory

The start of 2016 has seen a number of academic publishers declare their intention to make it compulsory for authors to use ORCID identifiers during the publication process. The implementation of this will commence during the course of the year, and follows the example of the UK's Royal Society, which established its policy from January 2016. The publishers behind the announcement include American Geophysical Union (AGU), eLife, EMBO, Hindawi, the Institute of Electrical&Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Public Library of Science (PLOS).
   
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