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Fewer Medical Journal Articles Planted by Phantom Authors

After a spate of scandals involving high-profile ghost-authored papers published in the 1990s and early 2000s, accusations of more recent wrong-doing are hard to come by. In this article, John Gever, Staff Writer, MedPage Today, discusses how ghostwriting, when done with proper acknowledgment and without serving a corporate agenda, is tolerated and even welcomed by journal editors as well as researchers.
   
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Start Writing the Eulogies for Print Encyclopedias

A series of announcements from publishers across the globe in the last few weeks suggests that the long migration to the Internet has picked up pace. According to this article by Noam Cohen of The New York Times, the classic multivolume encyclopedia is well on its way to becoming the first casualty in the end of print.
   
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Publishers face distribution and DRM decisions as use of e-textbooks grows

No longer viewed as a dot-com-era fad, Internet-based education is rapidly gaining legitimacy and market traction. According to this article by Keith Regan, electronic textbooks are in the pathway of a runaway trend within digital media distribution - the move to eliminate digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. In the case of e-texts, DRM restrictions can ensure that a book isn't copied or otherwise distributed in a way that would decrease future sales. Keith Regan is a freelance writer in Grafton.
   
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ETDs, scholarly communication, and campus collaboration: Opportunities for libraries

Electronic submission, storage, and dissemination of student theses and dissertations are growing more common in universities and colleges. For many libraries, ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) are the first targets for an institutional repository program, and represent an opportunity to engage graduate students and their faculty advisors in broader conversation about open access, intellectual property management, long-term management of digital content, and other scholarly communication issues. This article is authored by Richard Fyffe and William C. Welburn. Fyffe is Rosenthal librarian of the college at Grinnell College, and Welburn is associate dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
   
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Something rotten in the state of scientific publishing

In this article, Jonathan M. Gitlin takes a look at the subject of plagiarism within the scientific literature. According to him, just because plagiarism is bad, doesn't mean that no one will do it, and, as we know from high-profile fraud cases like Woo Suk Hwang, there will always be scientists out there who bend and break the rules. Gitlin serves on the board of the National Postdoctoral Association.
   
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