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A review of peer reviewing: more transparency, please

(fortnightlyreview.co.uk): Peer review in scholarly publishing, in one form or another, has always been regarded as crucial to the reputation and reliability of scientific research. In recent years there have been an increasing number of reports and articles assessing the current state of peer review. In view of the importance of evidence-based scientific information to government, it seemed appropriate to undertake a detailed examination of the current peer-review system as used in scientific publications.
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One Librarian's Opinion - eBooks? pBooks?

(lisnews.org): The e-book reading experience is better than online, but booklovers know the satisfaction of getting immersed in a good book, its heft, texture, and smell, the flow of text generating mental images superior to any video. The codex book, printed on paper and bound on one side, still appeals to many readers on multiple levels, from physical comfort to readability. But do print books surpass e-books in long-term functionality?
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How one small fix could open access to research

(theconversation.edu.au): Universities already stockpile academic papers so they can report their output to the government. But stockpiling the wrong version of the paper can restrict their right to make the paper available on open access.
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Universities opting-out of access copyright

(p2pnet.net): The shift away from Access Copyright marks the culmination of years of technological change within Canadian education that has resulted in new ways for professors to disseminate research and educational materials as well as greater reliance by students on the Internet, electronic materials, and portable computers. Ten years ago, photocopy licences made sense since physical copies were the primary mechanism to distribute materials. The availability of a wide array of materials from alternative sources allows educational institutions to reconsider the Access Copyright approach.
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Universities Join Together to Support Open-Access Policies

(chronicle.com): The University of Kansas has had a faculty-approved open-access mandate in place since 2009. What it hasn't had is a group of like-minded institutions to share ideas with about how to support such policies. Kansas and 21 other universities and colleges recently announced that they're joining forces to form the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, or Coapi.
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