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Global Trends

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.
Several authors are now opting for the fast-publication track. Journals also benefit from the rapid publication model. This post lists and shares additional information about a few journals and publishers that offer rapid publication options.
Open data mandates across the globe
Science is becoming open and how! Gone are the days when researchers and institutions believed in keeping scientific data  behind strict and complex institutional paywalls, at the risk of losing invaluable scientific inputs. Today many funding bodies are realizing the benefits of open data and are implementing their own open data mandates to capitalize on the long-term benefits of data sharing through their own or external repositories. This post explores the fascinating area of open data...
impact factor and journal publication
The impact factor is one of the most discussed topics in the publishing and scientific community. Thomson Reuters assigns most journals a yearly impact factor (IF), which is the mean 
Is reviewers' demand for more experiments justified?
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...
Rapid publication can benefit authors, journals, and publishers in many ways. Learn more.
The conventional pre-publication peer review process is time-consuming and may not be favorable to all scientific disciplines. Some journals and publishers offer rapid publication to help authors publish their manuscripts faster. This post discusses the unconventional approach of rapid publication in detail.
Should Brazilian researchers be wary of open access?
Given the research community’s increasing interest in open access and the fact that several countries are adopting it as an integral part of scientific communication (e.g. China and the USA), i
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.
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...
Where does China stand in the global PhD boom?
China is the top annual producer of PhDs in the world today, having surpassed even the US since 2008. Despite the fact that post-graduate programs in China resumed only in 1978 after being stopped completely during the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution, there has been 
Perceptions of science in media and the non-scientific community
Wouldn’t be interesting to know how the general public perceives science and what their views are about researchers? 
China's performance in global R&D
This article discusses the latest available statistics on China’s progress in R&D, based on a global publishing report released by Thomson ReutersTM in February 2013 titled