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Predatory Journals Lure In Arab Researchers

Predatory publishers that do not take science seriously are exploiting those eager to climb the academic career ladder. Universities rely on publishing as a measure of a researcher's success. Predatory publishers charge the researchers to publish their papers without providing genuine peer review. Some researchers are victims and others are willing accomplices. Some publishers seem to be aware that what they are doing is wrong and others say they are just trying to make money by doing what big-name publishers do, but faster and more cheaply.
   
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Publishers Embrace Social Platforms, Mobile

In line with the classic advice to 'fish where the fish are,' publishers are embracing social platforms and mobile media along with their audiences, but remain wary of some potential pitfalls associated with these channels, fast on their way to dominating media consumption. Many publishers are entering into distribution partnerships with social platforms and technology firms, and even companies that haven't signed up for services like Facebook Instant Articles find themselves dependent on giant online firms to reach their audiences.
   
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Academic publishing serves as a digital example

The scientific, technical and medical professions possess publishing strategies and solutions that have fully embraced the digital paradigm. STM publishers' status as digital pioneers is well-earned and only fitting, considering the advanced nature of the topics these researchers are covering. As the years have gone by, it has become clear that e-journals can be more than imitations of their paper-and-ink forerunners, and this sense of freedom has become a guiding force behind the industry. With the rise of interactive STM journals and cutting-edge distribution methods, it is clear what members of other industries see when they hold academia and research up as models of great content production.
   
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Why Digital Platform Solutions Are Needed in Academic Publishing

While traditional books are standalone products, marketed separately and designed to inform without context, their use in academic contexts can be very different. Students use large amounts of digital content in a specific subject area in a short time. Their research, their writing and their pursuit of a degree are focused on a limited number of domains, and they need access to a large number of resources and tools for managing all their content.
   
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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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