Academic publishing

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Initiative will emulate Wellcome Trust’s publishing model, with European Commission set to follow

Eugene Garfield

Founder of the Institute for Scientific Information passes away suddenly

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But professor says Trump presidency might now provide ‘incentive’ for junior scholars to ask ‘important questions’

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Neuroscientists argue proposal would improve reproducibility and get drugs to market more quickly

Switch turned on

Publisher takes decision despite still having no deal agreed with German universities

E learning

Scholars and publishers assess some bold responses to the pressures on traditional formats

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Editors of journals should face ‘negligence’ investigations over extensive delays, suggests a new paper

Ministry hopes to increase quality of doctorates

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Poor monitoring in ‘second-tier’ institutions is also part of the problem, research indicates

Toy cops and robber on keyboard

Jeffrey Beall’s blacklist of predatory publishers has disappeared, and so too should ideas about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ journals, argues Martin Parker

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Holly Else explores the emotional, reputational and practical barriers to correcting mistakes

Academic journals

Canadian institution makes move in bid to save C$1.5 million in fees

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Universities need to adapt career paths to accommodate scientists who tap into different fields, says research

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

List creator to now pursue ‘new areas of research’

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As talks with the publisher stall, researchers in the country weigh whether they can cope without a deal

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Chances are you’ll get at least a bit of ‘spam dressed as lamb’ this Christmas

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Jack Grove asks whether Father Christmas could learn from recent ‘Santa studies’ research

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Junior academics can access services without physically visiting premises, writes Holly Else

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Many early career researchers have ‘not gone to the library for years’, according to report

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Latest EUA doctoral council chair says open science very much on his agenda for the role