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The academic publishing industry is a busy and dynamic one with different trends dominating different countries in the world. Read the posts in this section to follow global trends in academic publishing and to stay updated about best publication practices in different parts of the world. The posts in this section will help you develop a global understanding of scientific communication.
China’s SCI-oriented research output evaluation system needs a makeover
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China’s contribution to global research has increased steadily and significantly. One of the main reasons for this increased visibility is China’s Science Citation Index (SCI) focused scientific evaluation system which leads Chinese researchers to submit their manuscripts to SCI-indexed journals only. Over the years, this system increased China's scientific output, but the blind pursuit of an increased number of publications also affected the quality of research and China’s scientific output...
The culture of scientific research particularly affects postdoctoral scientists who are in the most important phase of their academic career
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Academic research has become an increasingly competitive field, and a wide range of aspects such as funding structures, publishing prototypes, career prospects, and research management systems impact researchers. The culture of scientific research particularly affects postdoctoral scientists
A survey conducted by Wiley reveals some of the data sharing attitudes and practices among researchers
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Data sharing and management are indeed extremely important in today's world. The scholarly community is trying to raise awareness and motivate researchers to share their data. But what do researchers think of data sharing? A survey conducted earlier this year examines the attitudes of researchers towards data sharing and some of the existing data sharing practices.
Can the high host specificity of phages be used to our advantage, in order to establish a preventive and therapeutic method for some chronic diseases?
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Can the high host specificity of phages be used to our advantage, in order to establish a preventive and therapeutic method for some chronic diseases?
The recent case of a defamation suit filed against PubPeer an online forum for anonymous, post-publication peer review—has created a buzz in the scientific community.
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Post-publication peer review is considered by some experts as one of ways of preserving scientific integrity since published research is open to the scrutiny of all experts in the field. However, researchers who raise concerns about questionable science on public platforms face legal threats and defamation suits. This raises critical questions: How much should libel laws interfere with science? Can laws protect genuine whistleblowers from unwarranted legal threats? How can post-publication peer...
The Chinese government is formulating a reformation program that is aimed at dealing with problems at every level – from granting funds to focusing on basic research.
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Although China is among the world leaders in scientific output, the Chinese research system has been struggling to resolve many basic problems in research management. To address the flaws in the system and improve the quality of China’s research output, the Chinese government is planning to introduce several extensive reforms in its research system, including restructuring within the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), introducing a new ‘five pillar system’ for granting funds, and initiation in...
Scientific data is invaluable. Data management is an essential part of responsible conduct of any research initiative. Yet, a large part of scientific data generated over the years has been lost. How does data loss affect science? How can data be stored effectively? Watch this video to learn more about the importance of data management.
Gastrointestinal Nursing is a journal dedicated to gastroenterology and stoma care nurses, and provides a platform for these nurses to share their best practices and the innovations they have introduced at their hospitals and departments.
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This article series has attempted to describe the unique role played by gastroenterology and stoma care nurses in the UK, and the
Is reviewers' demand for more experiments justified?
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It takes several months to years for a researcher to publish a paper. A commonly cited reason for delayed publication is that the peer reviewers often recommend that additional experiments be performed. While reviewer-suggested experiments might be intended to ensure that authors’ claims are supported by substantial evidence, such requests lead to a prolonged peer review process. This not only keeps good science away from the public but also increases the cost of labs since additional...
Guidelines for regional journals making the transition to becoming international or getting indexed in SCIE
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This article shares some great tips for regional or local journals that are looking to expand their scope and become international so that they can reach out to a global readership.

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