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Disclosing Industry Relationships - Toward an Improved Federal Research Policy

(content.nejm.org): While the National Institutes of Health works to refine its new financial conflict-of-interest regulations, one of the nation's leading medical journals is pushing the NIH to be even tougher. The NIH in May proposed cutting to $5,000 from $10,000 the level at which an NIH-backed researcher must report to his university a payment from an outside company, and a set of recommendations published today by the New England Journal of Medicine says the annual trigger number should be lowered all the way down to $100.
   
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A Primer on Challenging Peer-Reviewed Scientific Literature in Mass Tort and Product Liability Actions

(ca.linexlegal.com): As scientific evidence is central to most mass tort and product liability actions, it is important for counsel to consider the strengths and weaknesses of peer-review, and how peerreviewed scientific literature may be challenged, say attorneys Bert L. Slonim and Lori B. Leskin in this BNA Insight. This article identifies potential areas of inquiry for counsel when facing a peer-reviewed, published article, as well as the possible remedies to invoke when scientific flaws are discovered.
   
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Impact Factor Inflation: When an Increase is a Actually a Decrease

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Every June, publishers and editors anxiously await the Parade of the Journal Citation Reports, and hope - some even pray - that their own numbers will increase. After all, an increase is an increase, right? In spite of a plea from one liblicense-l reader, it didn't take long for publishers to begin crunching 2009 performance figures to see how well they did.
   
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Google puts $1m into academic research projects for digitised books

(guardian.co.uk): A Google-backed research project is to map out the relationship between location and literature, visualising works related to a specific era or place using Google Earth.A joint project between the Open University, the University of Southampton and the University of California at Berkeley, Google Ancient Places will let users search for books related to specific geographic location during a particular time period, which are then visualised on Google Earth or Google Maps. Academics will be able to access data compiled from a broad swathe of literature, including many out of print and rare material often kept just a small number of institutions.
   
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We still need libraries in the digital age

(guardian.co.uk): With the government axing public services, librarians are being forced to defend their existence against accusations of irrelevance in modern society. As one adviser on Newsnight put it during the BBC's recent "mini-consultation" on the proposed cuts, why do we need libraries when everyone has broadband and can access information without recourse to a librarian?
   
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