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The Age of Systems Is Dawning - How Can Information Providers Respond?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): When does a historical period end? When it's supplanted by another, subsuming trend, one that imposes irrelevancy because it creates a superordinate framework, a superstructure that pushes the prior historical period into becoming raw material. In the Information Age, crafts of editing, typography, writing, and storytelling became the raw materials for the mass media spread of these ideas - the manufacturing, distribution, and aggregation of information products that created billions of dollars of value.
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Self-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research

(arxiv.org): Articles whose authors make them Open Access (OA) by self-archiving them online are cited significantly more than articles accessible only to subscribers. Some have suggested that this "OA Advantage" may not be causal but just a self-selection bias, because authors preferentially make higher-quality articles OA. To test this self-selective self-archiving was compared with mandatory self-archiving for a sample of 27,197 articles published 2002-2006 in 1,984 journals. The OA Advantage proved just as high for both.
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Illegal Trading Volume of Academic Papers Reaches 1b Yuan

(english.cri.cn): Trading academic papers has become big business in China. It has even evolved into an "industry chain" with an annual sales volume of one billion yuan last year, nearly 5.5 times the figure in 2007. The figure was released by a research team headed by Shen Yang, an associate professor with Wuhan University, which has focused on paper trading and illegal periodic publications for three years. According to their study, the annual quota of academic papers in China's legal periodicals stands at 2.48 million, yet as many as 11.8 million people are burdened with the task of publishing academic paper, mostly at least one per year.
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Can we trust industry-funded drug research?

(guardian.co.uk): The point of science is that it can give us impartial answers to important questions. Doctors and patients can look at scientific evidence to help them decide what makes a healthy diet, or whether a drug can treat a particular condition. Scientific journals publish detailed reports of research, allowing readers to see for themselves that the studies were unbiased. Of course, there are other factors at work too. Researchers are only human, journals want to publish exciting new findings, and drug companies want to demonstrate that their products are effective. That's why scientific journals work hard to be transparent about conflicts of interest, and usually give information about how studies were funded.
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How to time travel by search engine

(independent.co.uk): Until recently, ancient publications could only be scoured by visiting in person the reading rooms at Colindale in the northern suburbs of London. Now they can be trawled using search engines that can pick out the mention of a surname or a place name from 49 titles, from Trewman's Exeter Flying Post to The Northern Liberator and the Illustrated Police News. A further one million pages of the archive are about to be transferred from fragile, disintegrating newsprint to digital format.
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