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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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Digital books are changing our reading patterns

(thejakartapost.com): By the end of next year, you'll be more likely to see people reading on a digital device than a print version. Airlines will hand them out at the beginning of the flight instead of newspapers, along with a warning during the security demonstration not to steal them. (I was on a flight the other day that reminded people it was a serious offence to steal the lifejackets. What kind of people take planes and then steal the one thing standing between them and a watery grave?)
   
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Reference List Length and Citations: A Spurious Relationship

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): The length of a paper's reference list is also associated with the number of citations that a paper receives, writes Zoe Corbyn in this week's Nature News, reporting on a study of more than 50,000 papers published in the journal Science. This association, writes Corbyn, provides evidence of widespread corruption in the citation process by involving a mutual "I'll cite your paper if you cite mine" tactic designed to benefit both the citing and cited authors.
   
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