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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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Killing Peer Review

(insidehighered.com): When a cadre of international scientific research powerhouses announced last month that they were teaming up to create a top-shelf, peer-reviewed free journal in the medical and life sciences fields, some called it a "triumph of open access" - proof that the tide was turning in favor of a once-radical movement aimed at cutting through the traditional oligarchies and turning scholarly publishing on its head. But to Joe Pickrell, a doctoral student in biology at the University of Chicago, the idea was not groundbreaking enough. It will not do merely to lower the barriers to viewing scholarly articles, he thought; academe must lower the barriers to reviewing them.
   
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Google Antitrust Reviews Said to Be Split by Two U.S. Agencies

(sfgate.com): The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission ended two years of jockeying to lead an antitrust probe of Google Inc. by agreeing to divide their responsibilities. Under the arrangement, the Justice Department Antitrust Division will review any planned acquisitions by Google for their possible effects on competition.
   
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