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'PLoS Medicine' Bans Research Financed by Tobacco Companies

(chronicle.com): PLoS Medicine, an open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science, will no longer accept papers "where support, in whole or in part, for the study or the researchers come from a tobacco company," the journal's editorial board has decided. In a strongly worded editorial published online today, the editors acknowledge that their stance might be criticized as moralistic, unscientific, and biased, but they add: "Like the two other PLoS journals that have recently adopted this policy, PLoS Biology and PLoS ONE, we feel that any potential criticisms and risks are preferable to supporting the tobacco industry's efforts to deflect attention from the harms of its products."
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British Library captures oral history of British science

(online.wsj.com): The British Library has launched a project to capture and make available 200 audio-visual interviews with the British scientists who have led the world in scientific innovation. The initiative - Oral History of British Science - led by National Life Stories, will interview and record the voices, memories and experiences of hundreds of British scientists. The project comes at a time when genetic engineering, the internet, and climate change are topics that make media headlines around the world. Yet little is known about the journey behind the important scientific and technological advances made in Britain that have transformed our world.
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Never Pay Pre-Emptively For Gold OA Before First Mandating Green OA

(openaccess.eprints.org): In October 2008 in ROARMAP, University of Hong Kong proposed to the University Grants Committee (RGC/UGC) an Open Access Mandate for all RGC/UGC-funded research. It is not yet clear whether in the meantime this mandate has actually been adopted, by either HKU or RGC/UGC. It was an Immediate-Deposit mandate, but it seems to have misunderstood the fact that a postprint can be deposited in the Institutional Repository without having to seek "permission" from the publisher.
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STM publishers far from satisfied

(sourcingnotes.com): The STM (Scientific, Technical&Medical) publishing industry has changed dramatically over the last two years. The global economic slowdown has hit the industry's revenues hard. Moreover, with rapid technological advancements, publishers were in for a rude awakening - their business models were no longer adequate. In an era of cost pressures, changing consumption patterns and the struggle to sustain revenues, it only seems logical that the industry will outsource more.
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E-Book Sales Jump 176% in Flat Trade Year

(publishersweekly.com): E-book sales from the 13 publishers that report figures to the Association of American Publishers soared 176.6% in 2009, to $169.5 million, the AAP reported Friday. The jump in e-book sales coupled with a slight decline in sales of print trade books increased e-book's share of trade sales from 1.2% in 2008 to 3.3% in 2009. Among the print trade segments, sales were down in the trade paperback, mass market paperback and children's hardcover segments, but up in adult hardcover and children's paperback.
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