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Journal news 28 January to 3 February

3rd Feb 2012

Your journal-related news for the week. F1000Research Faculty of 1000 (F1000), the well established post-publication peer review service, has announced a new service that will publish original research papers. According to the initial announcement, this will differ from traditional journals in that all papers will be published immediately, before peer review (as long as they pass a 'sanity check'), and peer review will happen openly after that. Publication of datasets will also be encouraged. Fees... Read more

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The Research Works Act, open access and publisher boycotts

31st Jan 2012

The open access movement has been around for decades, gradually building up, but this month there seems to have been an acceleration in the pace of change. I will try in this post to summarise the current situation as I see it. The initial driver of this recent change was theResearch Works Act (RWA), a draft law proposed in the US that would prohibit federal bodies from mandating that taxpayer-funded research be made freely accessible online (as the NIH currently does). The two Representatives who... Read more

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Journal news for 20-27 January

26th Jan 2012

A brief summary of recent news related to journals and scientific publishing. Datasets International The open access publisher Hindawi has launced Datasets International, which "aims at helping researchers in all academic disciplines archive, document, and distribute the datasets produced in their research to the entire academic community." For a processing charge of $300 authors can upload an apparently unlimited amount of data under a Creative Commons CC0 licence (and associated dataset papers... Read more

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