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Keeping It Real — Ethics and Privacy as the Frontiers “Recursive Fury” Case Continues to Churn

Frontiers issues another statement about why the “Recursive Fury” paper was retracted, raising once again questions about why it was retracted, but shifting the focus more and more to how it was retracted. Continue reading

Learning to Read: Navigating the Ebook Reader Market

This post explores the confusing landscape of ebook readers, presenting a few of the options available along with their pros and cons. Continue reading

Wellcome Money — In This Example of Open Access Funding, the Matthew Effect Dominates

A surprising set of recipients dominate a list of APC payments released by Wellcome Trust, suggesting that OA is not leading to a reshaping of the industry but perhaps merely driving further consolidation. Continue reading

The Legal Hot Zone — The Hidden Role of Publishers in Academic and Scientific Legal Disputes

Legal issues are an inevitable part of publishing cutting-edge information in a world as political as academic research. However, the role of publishers in these matters, and their important contributions, are often concealed within necessary discretion. Continue reading

Can Mega-journals Maintain Boundaries When They and Their Customers Align on “Publish or Perish”?

The “publish or perish” culture has created a major mega-journal. But are its boundaries and standards built properly to avoid becoming an enabler of that culture? Continue reading

Not As Advertised — Why an Academic Analysis of Medical Journal Advertising Is Fatally Flawed

A study of journal advertising support in large, multi-specialty journals fails on many key fronts. Continue reading

History as Caution — When Paid Scientific Articles Were Legally Considered “Advertisements”

A strange trip down memory lane, when scientific articles funded by page charges were considered advertisements. Are we entering another era of “articles as advertising,” only this time without any limitations? Continue reading

Scale Rewards, Scale Punishes — Is the Future of Scholarly Publishing Already Determined?

The Internet rewards scale and creates clear competitive disadvantages for niche businesses. Now that a long-term economic downturn has made for starker realities, the effects of this basic set of facts seem inevitable. Continue reading

The Evolution of Digital Publishing and its Formats

A video detailing the evolution of digital publishing, and the enduring popularity of the PDF. Continue reading

How PLoS ONE Can Have It All

PLoS has an interesting opportunity before it to push its most robust service, PLoS ONE, very aggressively for growth. PLoS can do this by lowering the cost of publishing fees, which would make it increasingly hard for other publishers to match them for a Gold OA service. This could result in PLoS ONE becoming the default OA publishing option for all STM publishing. Continue reading

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