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NPG position statement on open access publishing and subscription business models

(nature.com): Nature Publishing Group (NPG) seeks to generate its income from a diverse range of sources according to where it offers greatest value to our customers - institutions, readers, advertisers, sponsors, employers, marketers and authors. The company continues to experiment with different business models in different circumstances. Top tier journals with high circulations and high costs per manuscript published, are best served by the subscription business model, where costs are spread amongst the high number of readers. Journals with lower costs (and lower paid circulations) are well suited to open access business models, with affordable article processing charges (APCs). NPG is expanding its activities in these areas with new open access journal launches and hybrid open access business models.
   
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Science journals in decline

(winnipegfreepress.com): A major psychology journal will be publishing a paper that purports to offer evidence for extrasensory perception, or ESP. Yup. A study that evidently followed established psychological research methods and was peer reviewed by four "trusted" experts provides "scientific" evidence in support of precognition. It is unlikely that the publication of this study means the scientific method is broken, though it is a tempting conclusion.
   
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Google's Cached Links do Not Violate the U.S. Copyright Act

(ibls.com): It may not be that difficult to write a book titled "Google"s lawsuits;" at least, the material is abundant. Google is already known for defending multiple lawsuits, particularly those related to intellectual property and privacy violations. Hence, it is also a fact that Google has won most of those lawsuits because, let's face it, many of them are frivolous suits -you may read 'gold-diggers' suits. This article presents an example of a Nevada lawsuit against Google in which an author claimed that Google violated the U.S. Copyright Act when users used Google's cached links.
   
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E-Books Poses Challenges For Nation's Libraries

(kpbs.org): Librarians from across the US are in San Diego for the next several days taking part in a national conference about the state of libraries. Organizers say one challenge most libraries are facing is the e-book revolution.
   
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Journal calls study linking vaccine to autism a 'fraud'

(ctv.ca): The editors of a prestigious medical journal are declaring that a British study, since retracted by its publisher, that claimed to have found a link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was "an elaborate fraud" based on the "falsification of data." In an explosive series of articles that began publication Monday, the British Medical Journal declares that there is "no doubt" that lead researcher Andrew Wakefield manipulated and even falsified his data to show a link between the vaccine and both autism and bowel disease.
   
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