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New impact factors yield surprises

(the-scientist.com): Thomson Reuters has released its 2009 Journal Citation Report, cataloging journals' impact factors, and shuffling in the top few spots have some analysts scratching their heads. Specifically, the publication with second highest impact factor in the "science" category is Acta Crystallographica - Section A, knocking none other than the New England Journal of Medicine from the runner's up position.
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Falling demand of OUP's open access model deserves closer examination

(iwr.co.uk): OUP's conclusion that when given a choice, most authors are not yet choosing to publish their articles under an open access model is too simplistic. On June 16, IWR has received a letter from Frederick Friend, JISC scholarly communication consultant and the honorary director scholarly communication at UCL. His letter said: The factors involved in author choice are very complex. It may be that OUP's publication fee is too high, or that authors in the disciplines covered by the OUP open access journals are choosing to deposit their articles in an institutional repository or in the UK PubMed Central database, thus giving them open access through another route.
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Peer Review vs. Peer Ranking: Dynamic vs Passive Filtration

(openaccess.eprints.org): Chen&Konstan's (C&K) paper, "Conference Paper Selectivity and Impact" is interesting, though somewhat limited because it is based only on computer science and has fuller data on conference papers than on journal papers. The finding is that papers from highly selective conferences are cited as much as (or even more than) papers from certain journals. Journals of course also differ among themselves in quality and acceptance rates.
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FDA to Communicate Safety Monitoring Activities to Consumers and Health Care Professionals

(fda.gov): The US Food and Drug Administration has unveiled a new source of information for patients and health care professionals on the safety of recently approved drugs and biologics. Summaries of FDA safety analyses on recently approved products will now be periodically prepared and posted on FDA's website along with a brief discussion of the steps FDA is taking to address any identified safety issues.
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IMLS Awards More Than $22.6 Million in Librarian Recruitment and Education Grants

(imls.gov): The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today awarded 38 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants totaling $22,623,984. These grants provide scholarships for students in master's and doctoral programs in library and information science, support the research of early career faculty in graduate schools of library and information science, and provide continuing education opportunities to enhance the skills of practitioners in libraries and archives. Some of the projects in this year's awards will help to boost libraries' efforts to help the unemployed find work; support libraries in rural communities; expand relationships between libraries, museums, and archives; and strengthen the skills of library staffs in the Pacific territories.
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