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The Web Could Transform Science (If Allowed to Do So)

(internetevolution.com): While the Internet waits to see whether SOPA and PIPA are dead or just sleeping, a similar struggle is going on for access to scientific research. The Web offers the possibility of great leaps in scientific progress through collaboration and open access. But even though the technology revolution continues to gather momentum, the scientific process -- the business of accumulating, verifying, and publishing the fruits of research -- remains firmly in the steam age.
   
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Online Social Network Seeks to Overhaul Peer Review in Scientific Publishing

(sciencemag.org): The current peer review system in which journal editors send potentially publishable manuscripts to experts for review is hotly debated. Many scientists complain that the system is slow, inefficient, of variable quality, and prone to favoritism. Moreover, there's growing resentment in some quarters about being asked to take valuable time to provide free reviews to journals that are operated by for-profit publishers or that don't make their papers open-access. Several suggestions have been made to improve the peer review system, such as introducing credits for reviewers, using social media, and making the process more transparent.
   
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What the decline of print means for digital

(imediaconnection.com): Print is in steep decline, and so is print advertising. It's important not only to ponder and understand why print is declining so precipitously now, but also to draw some lines into the future and understand how this trend might impact digital media going forward. The implications are big for advertisers and publishers alike.
   
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Will Apple's iPad mark the beginning of the end for traditional textbooks?

(scpr.org): Apple, which has made a habit of revolutionizing the way we interact with technology, is now turning its digital sights on the venerable analog textbook. Every costly new edition of a textbook means the old one is outdated, so Apple is betting that in the swiftly-changing information age, both the market and the halls of academia are ready for virtual textbooks - and that their wildly popular iPad tablet computer is the perfect platform to host them.
   
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Why E-books Are Turning the Library and Publishing Worlds Upside Down

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): If you ever wanted evidence that supply and demand aren't the only forces in the economic game, now you have it. There may be an invisible hand, but there's now a visible hand, and it's throttling things back in the case of libraries and e-books. The visible hand is the hand of publishers, and its goal is to slow the transition to e-books so that profit margins remain as robust as possible and the transition to e-reading remains manageable.
   
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