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Officials probing CUNY staffers’ shady publishing deals – New York Post (By Carl Campanile and Bruce Golding | December 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on February 27, 2018
 

State officials are investigating whether CUNY professors improperly scored tenure and promotions by publishing research papers with the help of shady, pay-to-play companies, The Post has learned.

Not only is this story another example of a formal investigation of illegitimate publishers it’s a sign that claiming such a publication for promotional/research activity incentives could be considered fraud with that having serious consequences

About a dozen educators at Queensborough Community College — including two department heads — are subjects of the probe by state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, sources familiar with the matter said.
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The investigation is also focused on “open-access” publishers, including the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, sources said.
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WASET hosts scores of events around the world each year, and is planning one in March in Miami, where it is charging academics close to $600 to present papers for publication in a “Proceedings Volume.”
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Participants can present additional papers for a fee of about $120.
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NHMRC Open Access Policy (previously also referred to as the NHMRC Policy on the Dissemination of Research Findings)0

Posted by Admin in on February 25, 2018
 

NHMRC supports the sharing of outputs from NHMRC funded research including publications and data. The aims of the NHMRC Open Access Policy are to mandate the open access sharing of publications and encourage innovative open access to research data. This policy also requires that patents resulting from NHMRC funding be made findable through listing in SourceIP.

AHRECS believes this was a useful opportunity for the NHMRC to direct funding recipients not to publish funded research with illegitimate publishers

Combined, these approaches will help to increase reuse of data, improve research integrity and contribute to a stronger knowledge economy. Open access will also assist with reporting, demonstration of research achievement, improve track record assessment processes for the long term and contribute to better collaborations.
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All recipients of NHMRC grants must therefore comply with all elements of the NHMRC Open Access Policy
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(Australian and New Zealand case with international coauthors) Big journal, big correction (Alison Abritis | February 2018)0

Posted by Admin in on February 25, 2018
 

Title: Tranexamic Acid in Patients Undergoing Coronary-Artery Surgery

What Caught Our Attention: When the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) publishes a correction that is more than a misspelling of a name, we take a look. When NEJM publishes a 500-word correction to the data in a highly cited article, we take notice. This study tested the effects of a drug to prevent blood loss in patients undergoing heart surgery; it’s been the subject of correspondence between the authors and outside experts. The correction involved tweaks — lots of tweaks — to the text and tables, which did not change the outcomes.  

Journal: New England Journal of Medicine

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Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It – The New York Times (Natashas Singerfeb | February 2018)0

Posted by Admin in on February 22, 2018
 

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The medical profession has an ethic: First, do no harm.

Silicon Valley has an ethos: Build it first and ask for forgiveness later.

Now, in the wake of fake news and other troubles at tech companies, universities that helped produce some of Silicon Valley’s top technologists are hustling to bring a more medicine-like morality to computer science.

This semester, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are jointly offering a new course on the ethics and regulation of artificial intelligence. The University of Texas at Austin just introduced a course titled “Ethical Foundations of Computer Science” — with the idea of eventually requiring it for all computer science majors.

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