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In search of online authenticity for medical research

Abundant online sources for medical literature have raised the question of authenticity. Nevertheless, reliable and readily accessible Web sites do exist that provide quality peer-reviewed articles and journals. The author of this article explains the essential services of reliable online medical sources such as PubMed and HighWire Press.
   
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Knives out as Lancet and Royal Society trade insults

The six-year old spat between the Royal Society of the UK, an eminent and historic scientific establishment, and the prestigious journal, The Lancet, took an ugly turn as Richard Horton of the Lancet described the Society as lazy and being of little public value, in a recent issue. In turn, the Society accused the editorial as completely inaccurate and ill-informed. The spat proved to be an exercise in trading insults between the two scholastic bodies.
   
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In support of NIH's open access proposal

The proposal of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to make available for free the study reports funded by it is a welcome step, says the author. It will benefit the citizens whose tax money is invested in scientific researches. Greater spread of scientific information will provide an economic stimulus, making the private sector work harder to bring more information to the taxpayers. The author brushes aside the publishers' concern of losing revenue due to public access.
   
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Looking Beyond Search

A number of broad-based Internet mainstreamers such as Amazon and Google have recently forayed into scholarly content. The trend is likely to grow due to the fact that broad-based firms are able to facilitate more browsing on the part of consumers, unlike many online proprietary services. Allowing customers to browse related and interesting scholarly topics vis--vis the original search item through several links and user friendly taxonomies will spin rewards for the search engines.
   
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E-journal pricing: taking scholars into account

The advent of e-journals has changed the pricing structures of scientific and medical journals. It has also heralded significant changes in the behaviour of subscribers/scholars. However, libraries and publishers have failed to adequately consider the importance of the behaviour of scholars in the pricing of scientific e-journals. This research, done by Stanford University, provides interesting insights on how cooperation among the libraries, publishers and scholars can deliver optimal results to the three sectors.
   
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