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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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The Research Works Act Aims to Kill Open-Access Journals

(thesocietypages.org): Almost a month ago, California Republican Congressman Darrel Issa introduced the "Research Works Act" which would kill government-assisted open-access journals. The bill prohibits government agencies (like the National Science Foundation) from disseminating any research that has been submitted to a private publisher.
   
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ARL Response to White House RFI on Public Access to Scholarly Publications

(arl.org): Enhancing public access to federally funded research results is a priority for ARL and its member libraries because such policies are integrally tied to and support the mission of higher education and scholarship. ARL believes that extending and enhancing public access policies to federally funded research to other science and technology agencies will drive scientific discovery and innovation, and promote economic growth. Extending enhanced public access policies to other federal agencies is long overdue.
   
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Digital content demand rising as more Americans use mobile devices

(brafton.com): Content marketing plans should move full steam ahead as a report from Deloitte highlighted the growth of digital content consumption in the United States, with an increasing amount of Americans accessing content from multiple devices. Thirty-three percent of Americans would rather access books, magazines and news content on their laptops, smartphones and tablets than traditional hard copies. This represents a substantial increase in digital content consumption over the past few years; in 2007, 23 percent of respondents expressed such a preference.
   
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