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Old 05-09-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Nature (journal) special on scientific publishing

Nature (journal) special on scientific publishing

Was recently sent this link. It's from over a month ago but a quick search didn't turn up any threads so I apologise if there is an existing thread. I haven't yet read any of the articles but I know a lot of scientists that use Google Scholar in preference over the professional (paid) searches.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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Google Scholar is just an indexing machine providing links to journals, so in most cases you still need access to the journals to access the papers. That being said I do use Google Scholar a lot - Its search function is better than that of Pubmed, but Google does have a bit of expert experience in that area, or so I've heard.

And regarding the link you posted - Sham journals scamming authors is definitely a problem. They are pretty annoying also. I get emails from them once in a while.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:40 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot for sharing this Nature special.

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Disciplinary action
How scientists share and reuse information is driven by technology but shaped by discipline.
Nature ( 28 March 2013 )

Sham journals scam authors
Con artists are stealing the identities of real journals to cheat scientists out of publishing fees.
Nature ( 28 March 2013 )

The true cost of science publishing
Cheap open-access journals raise questions about the value publishers add for their money.
Nature ( 28 March 2013 )

The library reboot
As scientific publishing moves to embrace open data, libraries and researchers are trying to keep up.
Nature ( 28 March 2013 )

The dark side of publishing
The explosion in open-access publishing has fuelled the rise of questionable operators.
Nature ( 28 March 2013 )

Beyond the paper
The journal and article are being superseded by algorithms that filter, rate and disseminate scholarship as it happens, argues Jason Priem.
Nature ( 28 March 2013 )

A fool's errand
Objections to the Creative Commons attribution licence are straw men raised by parties who want open access to be as closed as possible, warns John Wilbanks.
Nature ( 28 March 2013 )

How to hasten open access
Three advocates for a universally free scholarly literature give their prescriptions for the movement’s next push, from findability to translations.
Nature ( 28 March 2013 )

Q&A: Knowledge liberator
Robert Darnton heads the world's largest collection of academic publications, the Harvard University Library system. He is also a driver behind the new Digital Public Library of America. Ahead of its launch in April, he talks about Google, science journals and the open-access debate.
Nature ( 28 March 2013 )

Open to possibilities
Opting for open access means considering costs, journal prestige and career implications.
Nature ( 28 March 2013 )
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:56 AM   #4
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Wow, cool!

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Old 06-07-2013, 08:50 AM   #5
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I'm just wondering if it's possible to download the articles as epub files?

We can download them as pdf files, but what about epub?
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:18 AM   #6
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PDF is the norm for scientific publishing (at present, at least).
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Oh so sad no epub. Well I'll read on my computer then.
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PDF is the norm for scientific publishing (at present, at least).
Pubmed actually makes quite a few PMC free articles available in epub format these days.

I do have to admit that I can't really get into reading articles with scientific figures on my kindle or Sony reader though.
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I generally try and read them on my asus, but I have to confess there are times when I print them out. It's so much easier to flip back and forth between pages, particularly when diagrams are on a different page to the text discussing them.
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I generally try and read them on my asus, but I have to confess there are times when I print them out. It's so much easier to flip back and forth between pages, particularly when diagrams are on a different page to the text discussing them.
Maybe things get easier when A4 PDF reading deveices get cheaper and more mainstream.
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