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Peer-review in science 'can be improved', MPs report

(bbc.co.uk): MPs have recommended improvements to the way scientific papers are checked before they are published. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report said this "peer-review" process of science journals should be more transparent..
   
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E-books Rapidly Increasing in Reading Groups

(publishersweekly.com): Reading group members nationwide are increasingly choosing e-books and e-readers over traditional print books, according to a survey by Reading Group Choices (RGC). The survey shows that 25% of reading group members are using e-books, up 10 percentage points from 2009.
   
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Explainer: Open access vs traditional academic journal publishers

(theconversation.edu.au): A growing number of academic institutions are building free online databases of their scholarly output. But publication in a big name academic journal still holds cachet for most academics.
   
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Google tablets seen overtaking iPad in 5 years

(economictimes.indiatimes.com): Tablet computers running Google's Android software will catch up with Apple's iPad and surpass it in 2016, according to research firm Informa. Informa said it expects Apple's current 75 percent market share to fall to 39 percent in 2015, when Android market share will grow to 38 percent.
   
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Is Science Communication Returning to Its Roots?

(wired.com): Many find unacceptable the domination of a few journals and the huge profits made by some publishers from the scientific value produced by others, and the open access has begun for these and other reasons. Open access articles are increasing rapidly, and just in the past few years we have seen the appearance of many "megajournals" like PLoS One and BMJ Open, which are aiming to publish rapidly after light peer review that does not attempt the largely impossible job of "spotting winners" but leaves readers to decide.
   
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