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Suit wants publishers to warn ahead of time

(your-story.org): A $1-per-year subscription must be entered for every PI on each campus. Each institution is trusted to do its own counting of PIs, and can also add certain other staff (deans, research administrators, etc) at the $1 per year price. The grand total of desired readers is multiplied by $1, and that total fee is then remitted to the publisher.
   
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Updated SCImago journal rankings - BMC-series journals rank highly

(openaccesscentral.com): The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) is a measure of a journals' citation impact and is calculated in a similar manner to Google's Page Rank. This approach calculates a journal rank by weighting citations from journals according to how highly cited the journal is itself.
   
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Copyright law must be simplified

(guardian.co.uk): Modern uses of copyrighted material are more varied than we could ever legislate for, and some people are getting away with iniquitous business models while others are unfairly penalised for having great ideas that threaten established business models. The intractability of these problems has been ignored at the convenience of protecting the "creative industries". Creative industries that many of us who work in creative businesses find increasingly hard to recognise.
   
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A critique of the peer review process: a flawed system but the best we have

(cambridgenetwork.co.uk): As scientific research has progressed, so have the individual branches become more specialised, and most academic scientists these days inhabit one of a myriad of individual silos. C P Snow famously criticised the inability of the two cultures of science and humanities to communicate. But now, at least at the level of university education and beyond, the single 'science' culture has become a large collection of sub-cultures which do not - and in many cases cannot - communicate with each other. Physicists do not share a vocabulary with biologists, but beyond that the increasing specialisation of science gives rise to small international communities of experts, busy dealing with each other, but with little interest in having contact with the inhabitants of related silos.
   
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US seeks to make science free for all

(nature.com): The push to open up scientific knowledge to all looks set to go into overdrive. Over the past decade, the accessibility offered by the Internet has transformed science publishing. Several efforts have already tried to harness the web's power to make research papers available for free. Now two parallel efforts from the US government could see almost all federally funded research made available in free, publicly accessible repositories.
   
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