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Scholar Reveals Peer Review as Potemkin Credential

(lonestartimes.com): The peer review process has been the crutch of invincibility relied upon by researchers, grant writers and carbon trading shysters for years now. Berkowitz exposes the sham that is peer review in the academy and why it could not withstand the scrutiny of sustained challenges by professionals and an informed public alike. The notion of objective truth has been abandoned and the peer review process gives scholars ample opportunity to reward friends and punish enemies.
   
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Geek the Library week

(worldcat.org): Geek the Library Week is designed as a celebration, but it also highlights the Geek the Library message about the challenging funding issues many U.S. public libraries face. From California to Massachusetts, countless libraries are struggling with difficult budget decisions. If there was ever a time to speak out in support of public libraries, the time is now.
   
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When to Doubt a Scientific 'Consensus'

(american.com): Anyone who has studied the history of science knows that scientists are not immune to the non-rational dynamics of the herd. Many false ideas enjoyed consensus opinion at one time. Indeed, the "power of the paradigm" often shapes the thinking of scientists so strongly that they become unable to accurately summarize, let alone evaluate, radical alternatives. Question the paradigm, and some respond with dogmatic fanaticism.
   
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Libraries lead the e-book revolution

(homepagedaily.com): Far from sidelining academic and special collections, the digital libraries of the future make easy and free access to print-libraries even more of a priority: there is no way of predicting the price tag for that rare thesis or out-of-print title in its downloadable form. This is an issue that more academics and specialists need to be questioning now, especially as they are the ones often making the decisions about their libraries, and not the librarians.
   
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New look makes ICIS pricing reports even easier to use

(icis.com): Over the next few months, ICIS pricing will be enhancing the appearance and functionality of the weekly reports. The reports will be easier to read, with a new design and a wider range of supporting graphics. Subscribers will see improved visual clarity in the European reports, followed by Asia Pacific/Middle East reports, and finally US/Latin America reports.
   
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