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Bogus academic journals undermine science in SA

Predatory publishing, in which bogus journals publish academic research for a fee, threatens to undermine science in SA. This is the warning from academics at Stellenbosch University‚ who say Blade Nzimande's Department of Higher Education and Training has wasted up to R300m on research grants to scientists whose work ended up in sham journals. Between 2005 and 2014, more than a quarter of the research output at three universities ended up in bogus journals. They are Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban; the University of Fort Hare in Alice; and Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha.
   
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Biblio-Talk: Open access journals important issue in Queens County libraries

Open access journals come in a variety of forms and styles but at their core they are journals or articles that are free and open to anyone. These can be set up by institutions through digital or print collections or on free, open-sourced online sites. This movement is incredibly important in Canada as most journal subscriptions are priced in American dollars. So as the loonie slides, universities need to make tough choices on what they can afford. Memorial University in Newfoundland was faced with this problem in December 2015 and sadly had to stop their subscription to over 7,000 journals to stay within budget. This is not an issue that can be fixed tomorrow, but it is important to think and talk about the way in which research is done in the current world and how beneficial a move to open access can be.
   
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No publication without confirmation

Concern over the reliability of published biomedical results grows unabated. Frustration with this 'reproducibility crisis' is felt by everyone pursuing new disease treatments: from clinicians and would-be drug developers who want solid foundations for the preclinical research they build on, to basic scientists who are forced to devote more time and resources to newly imposed requirements for rigour, reporting and statistics. Tightening rigour across all experiments will decrease the number of false positive findings, but comes with the risk of reducing experimental efficiency and creativity. Bolder ideas are needed. What is being proposed here is a compromise between the need to trust conclusions in published papers and the freedom for basic scientists to explore and innovate.
   
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Preparing for Open Education Week: 6 Ideas You Can Bring to Campus

Our life is now slowly becoming digital. From books to bank accounts, shopping to entertainment, everything is now very easily available online with just a click of a mouse or even on your fingertips alibi through smartphones. As we slowly turn to digital way of life, we are leaving behind a lot of things that made our growing up years significant. Of those, books and the feeling of holding a hard bound book in your hand and reading your favourite stories is one memory that is slowly fading away all thanks to the influx of e-books and e book readers in the market. While many feel that e-books are far more practical, economical and environment friendly, there are many who still abide by the concept of reading from paperbacks.
   
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Europe agrees cross-border access to digital content by 2018

The European Commission has set new rules that remove geographic limitations on where EU residents can access their digital content such as digital books, video games, music and more. The move comes just a week after the EU agreed to end mobile roaming charges, starting this summer. It comes just two years after the EU unveiled its ambitious Digital Single Market plan to remove borders from e-commerce and digital services. The move is the first agreement related to the modernisation of EU copyright rules. As a result, Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU.
   
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