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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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Who Owns Government-Funded Research Papers?

(miller-mccune.com): The Research Works Act would prevent publicly funded research from automatically being available to the public for free. Private publishers back the bill, while open-access partisans are appalled.
   
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Why the iPad Won't Transform Education - Yet

(mashable.com): Apple's announcement on Thursday that it would be introducing a new iPad textbook experience and iBooks authoring tool presents huge opportunities for technology in classrooms. The company is selling textbooks from McGraw-Hill, Pearson and Houghton Mifflin at a price comparable to print versions. But Apple has a long way to go - and logistical hurdles to clear in tens of thousands of schools - before it dominates K-12 classrooms the way it has done the music industry.
   
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How Could Twitter Influence Science (And Why Scientists Are on Board)

(forbes.com): After some discussion on the validity of "influence" in social media, news that Twitter has a significant impact on scientific citations is something of a surprise. But could it be? That debate has been ongoing in the science community through January.
   
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Make it easier to whistleblow while you work

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): Whistleblowers need more support when reporting falsified or flawed research carried out by university colleagues, leading scientists have claimed. Following the publication by the British Medical Journal of research suggesting that one in eight scientists and doctors in the UK has witnessed some sort of research fraud, a conference on scientific misconduct heard how junior academics were sometimes bullied into silence or had their contracts terminated if they spoke out..
   
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