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Radical journal gathers support

(the-scientist.com): The scientific community appears to be fighting to convince Elsevier to continue to publish its only non-peer-reviewed journal, after the publisher began to consider installing a traditional peer review system when the journal published a controversial paper supporting the arguments of AIDS deniers. Despite the uproar that article created, the editor-in-chief of Medical Hypotheses has received more than 150 letters of support for the journal's non-traditional publishing model, in which papers are chosen by the editor-in-chief, Bruce Charlton.
   
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E-Resource Collection Development: A Survey of Current Practices in Academic Libraries

(libraryworks.com): As the amount of money spent on electronic resources increases, it seems fitting that librarians examine the process used for selecting such materials. Collection development policies for print collections and ordering processes for such materials have become commonplace at many, if not all, academic libraries. As the transfer from paper to electronic resources occurs, especially in the acquisition of serial titles, we felt it necessary to examine the process we and other academic libraries use to select electronic resources.
   
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Peer Review, Where Are The Scholars?

(scoop.co.nz): Because findings published in peer-reviewed journals affect patient care, public policy and the authors' academic promotions, journal editors contend that new scientific information should be published in a peer-reviewed journal before it is presented to doctors and the public. That message, however, has created a widespread misimpression that passing peer review is the scientific equivalent of the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.
   
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SAE International and Eurospan Group Announce Sales Agreement

(sae.org): Mobility engineers and general enthusiasts across Europe, Africa and the Middle East will now have more access to SAE International's most popular authored books through a new sales agreement with Eurospan Group. Eurospan Group is Europe's fastest-growing independent marketing, sales and distribution agency for U.S. book publishers. Under the new agreement, Eurospan Group will distribute, market and sell SAE International's extensive library of authored books covering the mobility engineering industry.
   
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Government heeds concerns on science advice rules

(rsc.org): The UK science minister has indicated that the scientific community's concerns over guidelines regarding scientific advice in government have been accommodated in developing the proposals. At a hearing of the parliamentary science and technology committee yesterday, science minister Lord Drayson and chief scientific adviser John Beddington were quizzed over the proposed principles governing the treatment of independent scientific advice in government. The first draft of the principles, issued in December, prompted concern within the scientific community, as it seemed to remove researchers' right to academic freedom, and included clauses calling for scientists and government to 'work together to reach a shared position' - a request widely seen as inappropriate - and demanding 'trust and respect' between advisers and government.
   
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