Academic publishing

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Witnessing the work of military surgical teams in Afghanistan caused conflicting emotions in an academic author and a sense of the futility of war and of his own profession

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System rewards academics whose work is used in teaching – but at potential bureaucracy cost

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Female-authored papers up to three times more readable but published half a year later
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Summarising your journal paper effectively helps to ensure that it reaches the right audience
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Most academics are keen to access other researchers’ material but a third are yet to share their own

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Analysis of more than 700,000 biomedical texts reveals growing use of jargon

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Issuing press releases without allowing access to the original research criticised by UK politicians

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Code of conduct frames non-publication of unexpected results as an issue of research integrity

Academic journals

Analysis of co-authored journal papers details partnerships beyond EU

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Advocates argue that universities should be prepared to ditch subscriptions altogether

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Larissa Shamseer and David Moher have taken a close look at what it is that sets dodgy journals apart from the rest

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

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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

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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