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Are Publisher Linking Networks Like 2Collab and Connotea Choking to Death on Spam?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Of all the plays in Web 2. 0 space, the one with what appears to be real workflow utility has been the notion of publisher linking networks like Connotea and 2Collab. They promised to make it easier to file research, discover related research, and engage in discussions about common research interests. Elsevier's 2Collab has ceased accepting new users because the high level of spam was making it difficult to serve users. Also, a recent tweet from Matthew Todd, in which Todd complained about spam in Connotea's RSS feeds, finishing with "Does anyone still even work there?", suggest that publisher linking networks may be choking to death on spam.
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The American Journal of Surgery applies for BPA Worldwide business publication membership

(earthtimes.org): The American Journal of Surgery has applied for business publication membership in BPA Worldwide. The journal is published by Elsevier Inc. (New York, NY).
BPA Worldwide will track circulation for The American Journal of Surgery based on business/distribution, demographics and geographic coverage. The journal will have 12 months to complete its initial circulation audit.
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FORTE Granted Permission to Publish Academic Paper Publishing Tutorial from University of Colorado

(newswiretoday.com): As part of program to educate Japanese scientists, Forte was granted permission from University of Colorado libraries, to translate and publish their on-line tutorial, which focuses on particulars of academic paper writing and publishing. University of Colorado granted permission to translate and divulge contents of its on-line tutorial for academic paper publishing to FORTE Science Communications. The Tokyo-based company serves the Japanese academic communities with language services. The university resonated with Forte's commitment to educate local academics in publishing their works in international journals.
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Canadian groups say Google Books agreement would violate international law

(thewirereport.ca): Canadian lobby groups have filed objections with the US court considering the proposed Google Books agreement, arguing that it violates international law such as NAFTA and the Berne Convention on copyright.
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'Climategate' was PR disaster that could bring healthy reform of peer review

(guardian.co.uk): In a unique experiment, The Guardian has published online the full manuscript of its major investigation into the climate science emails stolen from the University of East Anglia, which revealed apparent attempts to cover up flawed data; moves to prevent access to climate data; and to keep research from climate sceptics out of the scientific literature. As well as including new information about the emails, we will allow web users to annotate the manuscript to help us in our aim of creating the definitive account of the controversy. This is an attempt at a collaborative route to getting at the truth.
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