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Levels of expertise and peer review: when is it ok to criticize the process?

(scienceblogs.com): I had a weird experience dealing with journals and peer review a little while ago. Recent discussions of the CRU e-mail hack (especially Janet's) has made me think more about it, and wonder about how the scientific community ought to think about expertise when it comes to peer review.
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How well-indexed are OA business journals?

(southernlibrarianship.icaap.org): In order for the increasing number of open access business journals to achieve credibility and flourish in the academic and professional environments it is not enough for them to simply be published and freely available on the Internet. Researchers need a means to be able to systematically search across the broad spectrum of business journals, and retrieve the articles in their particular areas of research and study. This study will assess the extent to which scholarly open access journals in business and management are currently being indexed and will look to see if OA journals in this discipline follow or diverge from the patterns and findings of the previous research outlined above.
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Increasing Self-Archiving of Faculty Publications in Institutional Repositories

(infosherpas.com): Despite the increasing interest in institutional repositories by academic institutions and recognition that publisher policies make widespread green open access currently achievable, faculty deposits in institutional repositories remain low. Surveys show that faculty support open access initiatives, but may be held back from participation in institutional repositories for several reasons. The solution to this is to clear up misperceptions and make self-archiving in institutional repositories as easy as possible for faculty.
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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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