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Local Scientists Pay More Attention To Documenting Research Tactics

(memphisdailynews.com): Almost as fast as word got out in November that climate scientists had been cherry picking data and massaging results to support the contention of global warming, online message boards lit up. The issue quickly became known as Climategate, and while the details of it were debated worldwide, scientists had a different concern: What might this do to the reputations and funding of honest researchers? The answer to that has wide repercussions for Memphis, which has staked much of its economic future on commercializing homegrown scientific research.
   
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Information Subscriptions Continue to Evolve and Thrive - Why Are Publishers Slow to Adapt?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): How high a priority is the subscription model in your organization's commercial strategy? Because of this framework or something like it, are we even equipped to detect the subscription's proper place as a user preferences? If individual subscriptions aren't a priority, how can we find the new sweet spot? Will we invest the energy and systems necessary to disrupt our own model? Or is this a possible Achilles' heel, something that gives the likes of Amazon a distinct business advantage? Clearly, the subscription model is changing. Instead of annual subscriptions, we're moving to monthly or even weekly subscriptions. Instead of renewal series, users want to keep paying until they stop. Instead of annual commitments, users are willing to commit for longer periods if the deal is right.
   
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Climate for scientific misconduct in China

(upiasia.com): China's path toward becoming an innovation-oriented nation by 2020, as outlined in the nation's Medium and Long-Term Plan for the Development of Science and Technology (2006−2020), will be significantly derailed if the nation does not make serious effort to eradicate misconduct in science. ecently, Lancet and Nature, two leading international science journals, published editorials commenting on a case in which scientists in China's Jinggangshan University were caught fabricating some 70 papers submitted to Acta Crystallographica Section E, and urging that China take action.
   
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Environmentally Sustainable Publishing - Ask the Experts!

(followthereader.wordpress.com): While the focus of the book industry, the media, and the book blogosphere for practically the last year has been decidedly digital, there are some pretty important but overlooked issues that are well-deserving of some air time/print space/ web real estate. Perhaps one of the most important of these issues is the environmental impact of the book industry, and what some folks are doing to lessen that impact and make publishing more environmentally sustainable.
   
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Publisher attempts to rein in radical medical journal

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): The publisher of Medical Hypotheses has proposed that the irreverent journal should be revamped as an orthodox peer-review publication. In a letter to the editor, Elsevier proposes a revised and more focused aim and scope for the journal and a peer-review process for all submitted articles. To achieve this, it suggests a review of editorial board membership and development of a wide pool of reviewers.
   
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