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Academic publishing is an exciting and dynamic industry. In this section, we bring you, the latest updates and news about research publication from across the globe.
Nobel Laureates along with hundreds of U.S. researchers sign letter to defend animal research
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Around 600 members of U.S. scientific community, including 4 Nobel Laureates, have signed a letter that urges research institutions in the country to be more transparent and open with their animal research. The main intent behind this initiative is to respond to the backlash that animal studies are facing. Read the article to know more about this initiative. 
U.S. to impose restrictive policy on Chinese student visa to safeguard its national security
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While it was known that the U.S. was planning to revamp its policy around visas for Chinese students, earlier this month the new policy was confirmed during a hearing on student visas. Read on to find out all the details of the policy and academics' reaction to the development.   
China cracks down on academic misconduct, issues tough guidelines for authors and institutions
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China, one of the leading countries in scientific research, is working proactively to ensure that the researchers in the country abide by the highest standards of academic integrity. On May 30, 2018, the ruling Communist Party and the State Council issued new guidelines according to which the conduct of scientists and institutions would be recorded and assessed for academic integrity. Read on to find out what these rules constitute. 
Swedish consortium refuses to renew contract with Elsevier as Europe’s move toward OA gains momentum
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The conflict between publishers and consortia around the world is showing no signs of ending. After the consortia (including universities and libraries) in Germany, France, and the Netherlands failed to renew their contracts with academic publishers, the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden became the most recent addition to this list. Read on to know why Sweden declared that it will not renew the agreement. 
Editage launches Ada - the automated document assessment solution for academic publishers
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Editage announced the launch of Ada, an Automated Document Assessment solution specifically designed to assess scientific content in research papers. Ada automatically assesses the quality of a submitted research manuscript vis-à-vis its readability and adherence to certain ethical requirements, saving time and effort required at multiple stages of the publication process. Unlike other automated assessment tools, Ada has specifically been designed to assess scientific content and offers...
How will Trump’s decision to pull out from Iran nuclear deal affect science?
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On May 8, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal. The White House mentioned that it intends to reimpose strict economic sanctions that are targeted “to wind down operations in or business involving Iran.” As many across the globe are expressing their concerns and opinions on this development, the scientific community too is speculating the repercussions of this decision on the future of science. Before looking at what some of these...
Will North Korea’s nuclear standoff boost its presence in international science?
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Late last month, North Korea vowed to shut down its nuclear test site, and the diplomatic talks that followed this move hinted at improved inter-Korea relations. These developments have led to optimistic speculations that North Korea might now take an interest in pursuing scientific endeavors more actively and improve its presence in international science.
Editage Workshop at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea
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On 26 March, 2018, Editage conducted a workshop on ‘How to make your manuscript submission ready’ at the Pohang University of Science & Technology. POSTECH is a private research university in Pohang, South Korea, dedicated to research and education in science and technology. The workshop was led by Jieun Hani Kim, Academic Trainer at Editage Insights. The workshop was conducted in the Haptics & Virtual Reality Laboratory and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Laboratory of the University...
Calling all East Asian journal editors to apply for the Editage-ISMTE conference travel grant
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Editage is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to East Asian journal editors to be a part of the ISMTE 2018 North American Conference (August 2-3, Baltimore, Maryland) or ISMTE 2018 European Conference (November 8, London, UK) through travel grants that cover the conference registration fee. Read more to know how you can get a chance to attend an ISMTE conference in 2018.
India’s new four-tier system to counter plagiarism meets with mixed responses
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The Indian government recently announced the drafting of a policy, which includes a four-tier system, to penalize researchers engaging in academic plagiarism. This announcement has elicited mixed responses among researchers, some applauding the country’s first attempt to hold researchers accountable for research misconduct, some viewing it skeptically, and some others declaring it inaccurate. Read on to find more details. 

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