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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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University and Google Books move forward with digitization

(dailyprincetonian.com): Around 70 percent of the 1 million books that will eventually be included in the Google Books digital archive have already been digitized. The initiative for digitization began in early 2007, when the University Library and Google agreed to a six-year contract to make less than one-tenth of the University's 11 million holdings - which include manuscripts and periodicals as well as books - available online through Google Book Search. With 12 million books in more than 300 languages digitized so far, Google is moving forward with its project by soliciting research proposals.
   
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Gale and NEWSWEEK Celebrate National Library Week

(blog.gale.com): Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in partnership with NEWSWEEK magazine, is celebrating National Library Week, with a full-page ad in NEWSWEEK. On newsstands April 12, 2010, the ad recognizes the importance of libraries and invites readers to join the celebration by visiting their library and expressing appreciation for its services.
   
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Institutional Repositories at Cross Purposes

(openaccess.eprints.org): many traditionalists still believe in the post-print driven approach. Stevan Harnad, the "archivangelist," recently argued that the "main raison d'etre" of the IR is to capture the institution's own "institutional refereed research journal article output" (Harnad, 2009). To solve the engagement problem, these traditionalists espouse mandates as the only viable solution...
   
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