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Scientists urge reform of 'lethal' libel law

(timesonline.co): England's draconian libel laws pose a danger to public health because they are interfering with the research published by medical journals, senior editors and scientists said. Doctors are being denied access to critical medical information because academic publications have refused to accept important papers for fear of being sued, they said. The risk of expensive libel actions is also stopping journal editors from retracting studies they suspect of being flawed or fraudulent, because such action could potentially be interpreted as defamatory.
   
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Libraries as important meeting places at universities

(alphagalileo.org): Library buildings play a vital role at universities and university colleges. Their architectural design is of particular importance for librarians, as this affects their interaction with visitors, among other things. These are the findings of a new thesis for University of Gothenburg, Sweden, which examined the planning of one Swedish university library.
   
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Data-sharing culture has changed

(Researchinformation.info): The article looks at how technology and funding policies have changed the way researchers share data. Data sharing clearly works in those areas where it has gained community traction such as biomedical research. Most research councils now encourage or mandate the sharing of data, stipulating that funding applications must include data management plans detailing measures that will be taken.
   
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Access to research content is poor despite technological progress

(Information world review): RIN's study Overcoming barriers: Access to research information content found that researchers are encountering difficulties in accessing content they need and this in turn has a significant impact on the quality of their research. If the UK research community is to operate effectively and produce high quality reports that has a wider social and economic impact, this issue has to be quickly addressed.
   
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ResearchGATE and Its Savvy Use of the Web

(Businessweek.com): ResearchGATE links medical researchers from around the world-and is driving homegrown, locally relevant innovation in developing nations. It takes the social networking concepts underlying popular services such as Facebook and LinkedIn and applies them to the research community. The Web site is now emerging as a potentially powerful link between researchers in the richest countries and some of the poorest ones, giving promise of a wave of homegrown-and locally relevant-innovation in developing nations.
   
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