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Growing Usage at Academic Institutions

The development of online journals and books has now made it possible for librarians and publishers to gather information on how often a piece of content is used at an academic institution. For publishers, this can be an important tool in editorial development. For libraries, it is often factored in to their decision to renew or add to a subscription. Publishers must count on librarians to inform their users about the availability of the resource, but there are things a publisher can do to support this process.
   
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Can you trust open-access journals?

Open-access journals have proliferated in recent years. As opposed to 'traditional' publications that charge readers (often institutions) a hefty fee to access journal content, open-access journals provide their content for free on the web, and typically charge writers to publish their work. Open-access journals are a good thing because they make scientific information available to audiences beyond academics with library subscriptions. Problems arise, however, when the financial incentive for open-access journals to accept articles results in the publication of poor quality research that hasn't undergone rigorous peer-review.
   
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Why Journal Impact Factor is hurting science

In order to improve something, we need to be able to measure its quality. This is true in public policy, in commercial industries, and also in science. Like other fields, science has a growing need for quantitative evaluation of its products: scientific studies. However, the dominant metric used for this purpose is widely considered to be flawed. It is the journal impact factor.
   
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How Big Data Can Help Fix Medical Research

A recent paper in the British Medical Journal suggests that evidence-based medicine is in crisis. Evidence-based medicine is based on the practice of employing treatments that have scientific research that backs up their effectiveness. It is usually set against medical practice that is based on anecdotal experience or simply doing things because that is the way they always have been done.
   
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Why inequality in science is a good thing - if you care about progress

DOES inequality in the output of scientists matter? Inequality is a fashionable topic, and evidence for its existence is keenly sought in all sorts of places. John Ioannidis, a health policy researcher at Stanford, and his colleagues have found it in the research outputs of their fellow academics. As they detail in a paper in the prestigious journal PLoS ONE, they searched the entire published scientific literature in academic journals over the period from 1996 to 2011.
   
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