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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.
Biases in scientific publication: A report from the Peer Review Congress
Editage Insights is attending the 2017 Peer Review Congress and this is a report of an interesting session on the the first day of the conference that involved discussions on the common problems in peer review and scientific publication.   
2017 Lasker Awards honor HPV vaccine developers, Planned Parenthood, and TOR protein discovery
The Lasker Foundation announced the winners of the Lasker Awards for 2017. The Lasker Awards are one of the most prestigious awards in medicine. There is a lot of buzz around these awards because several recipients of the Lasker Awards have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. Read on to know about the winners of this year.   
Join Editage Insights in celebrating Peer Review Week 2017
Editage Insights is participating in Peer Review Week 2017, a global event dedicated to peer review for the pivotal role it plays in scholarly publishing. The theme for this year’s event that spans September 11 to September 17 is Transparency. As one of the Organizing Committee members, we have planned some great activities throughout the week. Join us to celebrate Peer Review Week!    
German institutions push Elsevier for a fair deal in order to access paywalled research
Since two years, a German consortium called Project DEAL has been negotiating with a few major publishers to create a new licensing agreement for Elsevier’s entire research publication portfolio. If the consortium succeeds in striking a deal on its terms, it could be a big step toward breaking down cost barriers to paywalled research. 
White House makes its science priorities known; climate change isn’t listed
Donald Trump’s administration has issued this memo and its contents are vital in understanding where the U.S. government is headed. The memo, which has been written jointly by the White House and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), makes five focus areas known to the agencies that intend to submit their budget requests. 
Institutions around the world offer publishing incentives to researchers
Chinese institutions have been known to offer incentives to faculty upon successful publication in reputed, peer-reviewed, high-impact-factor journals. It has recently come to light that, researchers from several other countries are enjoying similar benefits too. Read on to find out which countries incentivize researchers to get published in high impact factor journals. 
University of Tokyo declares prominent Japanese researcher guilty of misconduct
The University of Tokyo investigated for almost a year the allegations of scientific misconduct on that Yoshinori Watanabe, an eminent researcher affiliated with the institution. The university’s investigative committee declared Watanabe, a cell biologist, as well as his former lab assistant Yuji Tanno guilty of committing scientific misconduct in five papers. Read on to find out more about the case.
ISMPP announces Second Asia Pacific Meeting, 5 September 2017
The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) announces its second Asia Pacific Meeting, being held 5 September 2017, at the Hilton Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan. Read on to know more about the meeting's agenda and registration details. 
North Korea’s Pyongyang University concerned about U.S. travel ban
Last week, the U.S. government announced that it plans to bar its citizens from traveling to North Korea. This move is being contemplated due to the risk of "long-term detention in the country.” If the ban comes in to effect, North Korea’s Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) will face major repercussions as PUST’s President and about 40 faculty and lecturers are U.S. citizens. 
Google-funded research under fire; company and academics deny allegations
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal and Campaign for Accountability accused Google of “paying academics to publish research favorable to the company’s policy and business positions—often without disclosure of the financial relationship.” However, the report has met with backlash from Google as well as the academics named in the report. Read on to know more about the controversial report and Google's response to it.