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Universities Use Social Media to Connect

(nytimes.com): Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes have not only invaded the classroom but have also become part of the class. ArXiv.org, which emerged in 1991 from Cornell University in New York, was one of the earliest applications of academic social networking. An open-source Internet platform, designed to be used by researchers as a communication tool, it revolutionized the way scientists shared findings before official publication in journals.
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Why Publishing Needs to Rethink Its Digital Strategy

(publishingperspectives.com): We all know that the e-book market as it is currently structured is not designed in the best interests of book publishers. "Why should it be?" is a common response. And they'd be right: publishers have no special right to exist. Nevertheless, publishers remain powerful forces and should at least make an effort to change the game in their favor. To do so requires deeper thinking and better, more strategic, long-term action than they are currently exhibiting.
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The Scientific Fraud Pandemic: Few Honest Scientists Remain

(naturalnews.com): Recently, most of the scientific fraud accusations have been aimed at China, but they rarely (if ever) point towards the medical establishment or the pharmaceutical industry. Scientific fraud, however, is rampant amongst nearly all of the sciences and no "peer review" is immune. In fact, peer review is the problem.
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Scitable is bringing rich resources to the mobile web

(education.zdnet.com): Scitable is currently working on developing a mobile version of the site, optimized for viewing in a browser on a low-end mobile phone. They hope to have the site functional by mid-summer, targeting a fall release. While smartphones are exploding in developed nations, many parts of Africa and South America rely on inexpensive phones for both communication and web access (and, in fact, have 4-5 times the penetration of computer-based Internet access). Thus, a site that remains rich and useful even on a small screen or without the latest 4G connectivity would prove to be a "great leveller" in terms of access to a powerful core of scientific information.
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The peer reviewed literature has spoken

(abc.net.au): So what exactly is peer reviewed research? How does it work? To understand the current controversy, one must understand that peer review is egalitarian but not indiscriminate; that it is fallible but self-correcting; and that it exercises quality control but not censorship. Those three attributes of peer review are brought into sharp focus if we examine the recent article by Mr McLean, and colleagues Chris de Freitas and Bob Carter, in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
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