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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.
NIH’s new policy to put limit on grant money awarded to researchers
Recently, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a major change in their policy that will have repercussions across the biomedical research community. Moving away from the traditional model, NIH will introduce a point system to put a cap on the amount of funding a researcher can receive. The agency explains that the main intent is to make more grants available and assist early and mid-career researchers in getting grants easily. 
Springer announces mass retraction of 107 papers by Chinese authors
Springer announced the retraction of 107 papers published in Tumor Biology, an open access cancer journal, as they found evidence of peer review manipulation. Most of these papers were authored by Chinese researchers and were published between 2012 and 2016.  
Thousands of science supporters around the world set to ‘March for Science’
Scientists have been long accused of remaining confined to an ivory tower with little or no connect to the non-scientific community. But this will change on Earth Day, that is, April 22, when scientists, science advocates, and science enthusiasts from around the world will take to the streets to participate in the March for Science. Is this the first time scientists have raised their voices? Are all scientists in favor of this movement? Read on to find out more and take the poll at the end of...
Axios Review announces closure
Axios Review, an independent non-profit peer review service announced that the company plans to shut down and, effective immediately, they will stop accepting further submissions from March 1. This development highlights the question of the sustainability of alternate peer review models in the journal publication workflow.
Trump’s first budget proposal spells disaster for U.S. science agencies
U.S. President Donald Trump released the blueprint of his first federal budget for the next year on March 16. He proposed severe cuts to the science budget, sending shockwaves among the scientific community. Read on to know the highlights of his proposal. 
Peer reviewer refuses to review after author declines data sharing request
Gert Storms, a consulting editor for an American Psychological Association (APA) journal was asked to resign after refusing to review a paper because the author declined his request to share the underlying data for the study.
Obituary to Eugene Garfield, the pioneer of citation analytics
Eugene Garfield, pioneer in the field of citation analytics - an obituary
Hindawi terminates its membership with the STM Association
Hindawi Publishing Corporation announced its decision of ending its membership in the STM Association citing "STM’s overwhelming focus on protecting business models of the past, rather than facilitating new models." 
Israel outruns South Korea, becomes world’s most research intensive economy
As per Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) data on the investments made by the OECD countries in research and development (R&D) in the year 2015, Israel invested 4.25% of its gross domestic product (GDP) in R&D, which is the highest among all the countries in the world.
Donald Trump’s immigration ban deepens science community’s anxiety
U.S. President Donald Trump has passed an executive order suspending the issuance of visas to citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, which has sparked panic among academics.