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Has Social Media Made Search-Driven Publishing Less Relevant?

(adweek.com): The growing importance of social media, coupled with the powerful wrath of Google, have shaken the once-hot world of cheap search-driven publishing. About.com recently dumped its CEO. Yahoo's $100 million acquisition of Associated Content (now Yahoo Voices) has yielded a network of 700,000 freelancers who produce secondary content on sites like Yahoo Sports and OMG, but advertisers say they haven't heard about it in more than a year.
   
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Publishers Strong Arm for Impact Factors?

(the-scientist.com): A survey shows that younger researchers in the social sciences and business fields are being told to cite more papers from the journal that is publishing their work. The practice is intended to increase the number of times the journal is mentioned in citations overall, thereby upping its impact factor, a commonly misused measure of prominence.
   
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Discretion needed when publishing scientific findings

(guelphmercury.com): It seems that science and technology has progressed exponentially in the last 10 years. Much good has come out of these advances. But as with all advancements in society, we are forced to take the good with the bad. A Dutch laboratory has seemingly created a form of the avian flu that can be transmitted between ferrets, which apparently is the model used to represent humans. With all the media coverage in recent years about avian flu, most would know that it is highly fatal, but hasn't become a widespread pandemic because it is hard for the virus to cross from poultry to humans.
   
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Digital publishing as a business tool - why not?

(dynamicbusiness.com.au): ePublishing is being used by savvy businesses as a tool to remain relevant in the digital age. Mandie Spooner looks at the many reasons why SMBs should add digital publishing to their communications toolkit.
   
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German Publishers Fuel Digitization, Billions Spent in 2011

(publishingperspectives.com): The number of company acquisitions and investments in the German publishing industry increased significantly in 2011, primarily reflecting a shift toward investments in digital business models. The 225 such transactions last year represented a 10% increase over 2010, according to the study "Transaktionsmonitor Verlagswesen 2011" (download the report here), published by the consulting firm Bartholomäus&Cie.
   
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