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Student-Run Journals Encourage Scholarship, Creative Endeavors

(uanews.org): The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law&Policy is among the most recent UA-student run publications to be launched. The Web-based, student run journal will enable students, faculty and others to publish on environmental issues from legal, scientific, economic and public policy perspectives, among others.
   
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Global Healthcare Experts Set Forth Guidelines for Improving 'Risk-Sharing' Schemes for Expensive New Treatments

(pharmalive.com): Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions, Inc. has published the collective recommendations of an international team of healthcare experts on how payers can improve their risk-sharing approaches for expensive new therapies and technology. Participants of the 2009 Banff Summit on evidence development, held in Calgary, Canada, reached a consensus about how to better evaluate and design payer reimbursement mechanisms for high-cost medical treatments. Participants included leading risk-sharing experts from Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., all who were signatories on a consensus statement. The resulting guidelines were published for the first time in the Adis journal PharmacoEconomics.
   
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Medical Journals: Still Too Lazy to ID Pharma-Funded Research

(bnet.com): An editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association describes a "disturbing example of inappropriate conduct" in studies for the GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug Avandia. JAMA's editorial calls for independent researchers to oversee all studies funded by drug companies to ensure that the data can be checked by someone not on the company payroll. JAMA already requires authors to disclose all payments when they publish in its pages.
   
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Wiki-plagiarism endemic in Poland's universities

(thenews.pl): Polish university students are using Wikipedia and "crib sheet" web sites as the main source for their master's thesis, a new survey reveals. Students rely on the internet to an enormous degree. Some 44 percent of undergraduates at state-run universities and about 62 percent at private universities surf the web in search of inspiration and material for their theses. Alongside Wikipedia, the Polish website Sciaga.pl (crib sheet) is extremely popular. Perhaps there would be nothing wrong with that if students indicated where their knowledge came from. The snag is that 14 percent of state-run university students and 32 percent at private institutions admitted that they copied from the wealth of already written dissertations without bothering to mention this fact.
   
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Reed Disposes of More Magazines

(mediabiznet.com.au): Publishing and events group Reed Elsevier is in advanced talks to sell some of its loss-making trade magazines and will close other titles during the first half of 2010, according to an internal memo. John Poulin, chief executive of Reed Business Information in the United States, told staff he expected to announce the sale of various titles to separate buyers in the next few months, after the company failed to sell the whole business in 2008.
   
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