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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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Institute for Web Science partnership announced

(alphagalileo.org): The University of Southampton and the University of Oxford have agreed to partner in the establishment of a joint Institute for Web Science. The Institute will ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of developments in the World Wide Web, and understands, anticipates and fully exploits the economic potential that emerges from the evolution of the Web. Co-hosted by the Universities of Southampton and Oxford, and created through a 30 million grant provided through the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Institute will build on the foundations of existing, complementary strengths at the two universities, and the significant investment made by both universities in Web Science and its societal and governmental implications.
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Discussion on moral rights of content creators

(iwr.co.uk): Intellectual Property Minister David Lammy launched a debate over whether moral rights for creators need to be strengthened. While the discussion did not provide a definitive solution, it brought together practitioners, academia and the government officials from the UK and abroad to explore how moral rights work in the UK compared with other nations. The discussion - International Perspectives on Moral Rights - organised by the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP), aimed at examining the effect of different systems on creators and the supply of their work, and at identifying areas where more evidence is needed.
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