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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.
STAP case takes a shocking turn with Yoshiki Sasai's death
The STAP cell case with its controversies  has become a global media sensation.  The lead researcher, Dr. Haruko Obokata of RIKEN research institute in Japan, shot to fame with the publication of breakthrough papers in Nature, which were soon retracted since many errors were spotted in the
Science and racism: UK-Kenya research programme faces discrimination charges
Six African researchers working for the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust Research Programme pressed charges against the institute for discriminating against them and won the case. The Kenyan industrial court declared that the researchers will be awarded 30 million Kenyan shillings (US$341,000) in compensation for having faced “institutional racism” and
Stolen identities? What authors can learn from the case of SAGE's mass retraction
Highlights the case of a "reviewing ring" that eventually led to as many as 60 papers being retracted and offers a few tips on being alert to the possible misuse of a scientist's name.
The 2014 Kyoto Prize goes to a Japanese artist and two American scientists
The winners of the prestigious Kyoto Prize, Japan’s outstanding lifetime achievement award, have been announced for this year: 
What every scholar should know about the 2014 Kyoto Prize
The Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest award presented annually for outstanding lifetime achievement, will be announced tomorrow, June 20, 2014. The internationally esteemed prize is presented to selected intellectuals w
 2014 Shaw Prize
The winners of the prestigious Shaw Prize, which is also called the "Nobel Prize of Asia," for 2014 were announced on  27 May, 2014, at a press conference held in Hong Kong.   
China announces open-access policies
China, one of the the leading contributors to global scientific output and research, has joined the shift to open access. The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), one of the country’s major basic-science funding agencies, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), one o
The 2014 Shaw Prize
This year’s Shaw Prize is especially noteworthy. It will be the first ceremony of this prestigious international award to be held since the passing of its founder Mr. Run Run Shaw.  
A new twist in the STAP story: Scientist declared guilty
The perplexing case of the STAP cell research, which caught the world’s attention, continues to remain in news. You can read the entire story in brief here.
The STAP story so far
Recent groundbreaking papers published in Nature on January 29, 2014 by stem-cell biologists have created a media storm for three reasons: confusion over non-replicability, duplication of images, and textual borrowing. Unfortunately, with such cases recently, in which