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Ethics of open Access to biomedical research: Just a special case of ethics of open access to research

The ethical case for Open Access (OA) to research findings is especially salient when it is public health that is being compromised by needless access restrictions. But the ethical imperative for OA is far more general: It applies to all scientific and scholarly research findings published in peer-reviewed journals. And peer-to-peer access is far more important than direct public access. In this article, Stevan Harnad, Ph.D, from the Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, says that OA needs to be mandated, by researchers' institutions and funders, for all research.
   
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The Future of Print Publishing and Paid Content

It is undeniable that the economics of print publishing are very different today than what they were previously. More content is available for free on the web than any media company could ever have imagined. Most of the discussion about the future of print publishing and paid content centers on the content. In this article, author Scott Karp is of the opinion that despite the emergence of some new forms, content hasn't really changed. What's changed radically is the value of DISTRIBUTION. Scott Karp is the co-founder, President&CEO of Publish2, Inc. He is also Editor, Publisher, and the creator of Publishing 2.0, a blog about how technology is transforming media.
   
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Making Science Free to All

Historically, scientific journals pay for peer reviews, editing, and other costs through ads and subscription fees. Subscriptions often amount to hundreds of dollars per year, posing financial hurdles to readers, especially when multiplied by many journals. According to Harold Varmus, a scientist and former director of the National Institutes of Health, what scientists do and what they write should be immediately and freely available online.
   
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When Is Open Access Not Open Access?

As open access grows in prominence, so too has confusion about what open access means, particularly with regard to unrestricted use of content. According to the author, Catriona J. MacCallum, this confusion is being promulgated by journal publishers at the expense of authors and funding agencies wanting to support open access. Catriona J. MacCallum is Senior Editor at PLoS Biology.
   
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The First Annual PT Industry Survey

Publishing Trends (PT), a monthly newsletter featuring news and opinion on the changing world of book publishing, has released the results of its first industry survey online. In its first annual survey, PT has uncovered the secret aspirations of publishing people. Also, the survey inspired hundreds of respondents to write in their comments, offering insight that goes beyond the typical salary comparisons and demographic data garnered from other industry surveys. While two-thirds of the survey respondents are New York-based, 28.3 percent have been in the industry for at least 25 years.
   
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