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From the earliest days of the printing press to speedily disseminating scientific knowledge online through open access journals, academic publishing has come a long way. What are the most important topics of discussion in scholarly publishing today? Stay tuned to this section to know more about the buzzwords in the scholarly publishing industry: journal impact factor, scientific paper retraction, research impact metrics, and more.
An overview of SSP’s survey
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Early career professionals face various challenges while trying to carve a successful career path for themselves. To understand their requirements and problems and help them overcome those, the Society for Scholarly Publishing conducted a survey that focused on areas relating to industry experience, professional development, and organizational benefits. This post shares some of the most significant findings of the survey.
Is being a peer reviewer a kind of recognition in itself?
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Discussions about peer review usually revolve around incentivizing peer review, acknowledging reviewers, and making their contribution count. But isn’t being a peer reviewer a form of recognition in itself? This post explores this line of thought and questions whether recognition is the strongest motivational factor behind accepting invitations to review. 
Should research misconduct be considered a criminal offence?
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Typically, after researchers are accused of misconduct, the institutions they are affiliated with conduct further investigations. Instances where misconduct leads to prosecution are rare. However, some science professionals state that research misconduct should be criminalized. Would considering academic fraud a criminal offence be fair to researchers? Would such a step encourage researchers to be ethical and honest? Is it possible to deal with research misconduct in a courtroom?
Have you ever fallen prey to “gotcha reviewing”?
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Journal rejection is considered a natural part of the publication process. However, top-tier journals are more inclined toward rejecting a paper than accepting it, which Neil Herndon, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Marketing Channels, calls "gotcha reviewing." What does this phenonmenon mean for academic publishing? Why do journals indulge in mass rejection of manuscripts? This post discusses these issues in depth. 
7 Major problems science is facing: A survey overview
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What are some of the biggest concerns facing science? A recently conducted survey by one of the leading news websites Vox involving 270 researchers provides answers to this question and serves as a wakeup call for academia. The science community needs to take notice of these issues and fix them in order to avoid the stagnation of scientific progress.
Irreproducibility: Is the lack of an accepted definition a problem in itself?
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Irreproducibility is one the most widely discussed topics in the scholarly circles. While it is common knowledge that there is a crisis of reproducibility, finding a way around it has proved to be difficult, primarily because there is no commonly agreed definition of the term.
Academic publishing and scholarly communication: Good reads, June 2016
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In June, most of the discussion in scholarly circles revolved around misconduct, corruption and credibility in science, the future of science communication, and of course, Brexit.
Research misconduct and need for author education
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One of the most challenging problems that academia is dealing with is misconduct in research. However, tackling the ever-increasing incidents of misconduct is challenging because of the complexity of the issue. It is a big loss to academia if researchers indulging in less offensive misconduct are given harsh punishments such as suspending their services or taking away their grants. So how can academia tackle this situation? 
The impact factor and its impact today
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Since 2012, scholarly publishing has seen a boom in useful discussions about alternative metrics; science for the public; and measuring research impact in terms of how it touches and improves people’s lives, how much it’s being discussed on social media, and how many lay people are aware of it. But what about the ground reality of how research impact is measured? This editorial puts forth some interesting perspectives on where the impact factor fits in academia today.
7 expert views on the impact factor
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Many people are of the opinion that the impact factor is the ultimate measure of a researcher's success and journal's prestige. What do academic publishing experts think? Here, we bring you some excerpts from our interviews with industry experts who have expressed their views on the impact factor. 

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