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Bias in scientific publishing rife

(lifescientist.com.au): The reluctance for negative or neutral results to be published in scientific or medical journals continues to bias research and encourage the proliferation of false medical truths, found an international team of researchers. The negative results conundrum has plagued scientific publication for many years as journals tend to be more inclined to publish significant or positive results rather than the results of a study that has found no significant effect. Acknowledgement of this phenomenon resulted in the creation of a series of journals of 'negative results', although they are still significantly outnumbered by journals of 'positive results'.
   
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Online. Indexed. Catalogued. Free. But will users find it?

(ingentaconnect.com): 'If it isn't online, it doesn't exist' seems to be the accepted wisdom in scholarly publishing today. Access to content can be complex and difficult; even making it free does not ensure that users discover it, since free content may not be represented in library tools. Most publishers make some effort to address this: engaging with the ready-made audiences of hosting services, full-text aggregators and subscription agent gateways; distributing metadata to subject-specific indexing databases; allowing search engines and document delivery providers to index full-text content; sharing holdings information with libraries and developers of eresource management tools.
   
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In E-Book Era, You Can't Even Judge a Cover

(nytimes.com): With a growing number of people turning to Kindles and other electronic readers, and with the Apple iPad arriving on Saturday, it is not always possible to see what others are reading or to project your own literary tastes. You can't tell a book by its cover if it doesn't have one. Among other changes heralded by the e-book era, digital editions are bumping book covers off the subway, the coffee table and the beach. That is a loss for publishers and authors, who enjoy some free advertising for their books in printed form.
   
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IPad could be Kindle's first big threat in e-books

(cellular-news.com): Amazon.com, which has dominated the young but fast-growing electronic book market for the past few years with the Kindle, could get its biggest threat Saturday, when Apple releases its iPad multimedia tablet. The Kindle starts at $259 and is designed mainly for reading text on a gray-and-black screen. The iPad starts at $499, but with the higher price comes more functions: a color touch screen for downloading books from Apple's new iBookstore, surfing the Web, playing videos and games and more.
   
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Scientists make publishing mark

(theaustralian.com.au): THE publishing clout of scientists funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council is above the global average across all biomedical fields for the first time, according to a new citation analysis. In an independent study covering 2002-2006, the lagging field of neuroscience edged above the global average for the first time. It remains the weakest field, however. Biotechnology was the biggest improver, showing a 37 per cent increase in relative citation impact compared with its performance in the last study covering 1999-2003. Fields with the largest output of papers were medical and health sciences (9861) and clinical sciences (6330).
   
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