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The surprising practice of pinching other people's ideas

(stuff.co.nz): Scientists around the world are shocked by some recent outrageous plagiarism. Declan Butler, a writer for the journal Nature, has discovered many Iranian government ministers and senior officials publishing scientific papers lifted from other scientists' writing. They usually pinched big chunks of work, including tables and diagrams but, sometimes lifted complete articles. Articles written by Iranian transport minister Hamid Behbahani and science minister Kamran Daneshjou were given wide coverage in the Iranian media before Butler found their pieces were almost entirely put together from earlier articles by different authors.
   
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URISA Journal Marks Ten Years of Open Access Publishing

(directionsmag.com): Ten years after announcing that electronic copies of the URISA Journal would be made freely available to teachers and learners everywhere via the World Wide Web, the Journal's electronic archives have become one of the richest collections of open educational resources in the geospatial field. As of December 2009 there are 196 peer-reviewed articles in 40 issues of the URISA Journal freely available at www.urisa.org/journal_archives.
   
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BMJ wants full clinical trial data

(earlham.edu): This week's BMJ is dominated by a cluster of articles on oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Between them the articles conclude that the evidence that oseltamivir reduces complications in otherwise healthy people with pandemic influenza is now uncertain and that we need a radical change in the rules on access to trial data.
   
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Why Smart Publishers Care About Tech Conferences

(publishingperspectives.com): LeWeb, the largest technology conference in Europe, attracted nearly 2,400 attendees from 50 countries. Attendees represented a diversity of companies, from mobile carriers and device makers, to social media networks, small startups, and search providers - but very few from the publishing community. Why is that? Sure, the discussion was largely focused on social media, online marketing, mobile opportunities, and content distribution. Publishers who ignore such tech conferences are missing out on the next wave of innovation - on the very evolution of content creation, distribution and consumption. Companies and people at this conference (and others like it) are shaping the future.
   
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How Journals Can Twist and Manipulate Vaccine Research

(foodconsumer.org): Effective drug companies' marketing strategies have been convincing health care professionals and the public to change the laws. They can now sell their unproven and unsafe products in pharmacies, airports, college campuses, grocery stores and countless other outlets, despite the fact that three years ago, a study in the British Medical Journal concluded that the effectiveness of annual flu shots has been greatly exaggerated, and that in reality they have little or no effect on influenza campaign objectives. A study published in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. That Lancet study supports a similar study done in 2006, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which concluded that vaccination against pneumonia does not reduce your risk of contracting the disease.
   
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