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Canada must fix `awful' academic-integrity system: experts

(canada.com): Canada needs a system with much sharper teeth to deal with doctors and researchers who fake data, plagiarize and engage in research misconduct, says the country's leading medical journal. According to a recent editorial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, misconduct investigations are now cloaked in secrecy and protect the identity of people who break the rules, a situation that must change.
   
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Does digital text create a cognitive gap?

(radar.oreilly.com): Ereaders are changing the face of reading across the board, and experiments in creating more economic-friendly textbooks for students are increasing. The results, however, are not all positive. As students attempt to incorporate electronic text into their studies, issues with e-textbooks are starting to emerge - and the problems go beyond poor annotation and sharing tools.
   
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Ghostwriting Raises Global Alarm and Undermines the Supreme Court!?

(pogoblog.typepad.com): Ghostwriting happens every day in academic medicine, where prominent physicians sign their names to papers that were written by companies paid by Big Pharma. And very few blink an eye. The reason? Leaders in medicine have allowed this pathological behavior to become established in their profession. It is now considered 'normal.' But it must end.
   
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The Green Open Access Citation Advantage: Within-Journal Versus Between-Journal Comparisons

(openaccess.eprints.org): The last few years have seen the emergence of several open access (OA) options in scholarly communication, which can be grouped broadly into two areas referred to as gold and green roads. Several recent studies have shown how large the extent of OA is, but there have been few studies showing the impact of OA in the visibility of journals covering all scientific fields and geographical regions.This research presents a series of informative analyses providing a broad overview of the degree of proliferation of OA journals in a data sample of about 17,000 active journals indexed in Scopus.
   
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53,000 Signatures for Online Petition Against HarperCollins Library eBook Policy

(mediabistro.com): Last month, New Jersey librarian Andy Woodworth launched an online petition entitled "Tell HarperCollins: Limited Checkouts on eBooks is Wrong for Libraries." So far 53,000 people have signed the document, criticising HarperCollins' controversial decision to limit library eBooks to 26 checkouts.
   
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