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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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Copyright issues dog academics

In the publish or perish environment of academia, getting papers into high-impact international journals is a metric for determining a researcher's performance and job prospects. But are South African academics legally allowed to sign over copyright, which is vested in them and in their institutions, to international companies? The international publishing houses, such as Elsevier and Springer Nature, are able to make careers by publishing an academic's work in their journals, which have high citations (in other words, research published in these journals will be cited in other academics' work) and global reach, but they also have tight control over the way in which the work gets disseminated and when.
   
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