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Allegations of Erasure – Inside Higher Ed (Colleen Flaherty | February 2018)0

Posted by Admin in on March 3, 2018

Scholar says a new book on China’s “leftover women” fails to acknowledge her years of research in the area — and the fact that both authors have corresponded on the topic since 2011.

Leta Hong Fincher, a well-known independent scholar of China, has been researching and writing about the country’s unmarried, educated, urban female population for years. The topic doesn’t belong to Hong Fincher alone, and Chinese even has a special term for this group of women over about 25: “leftover,” or sheng nu. But Hong Fincher is something of a pioneer in the area, and many colleagues consider her 2014 book, Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (Zed Books), required reading.

A useful example of situations where the contribution of others needs to be acknowledged, even if they don’t meet the criteria to be listed as coauthors.

So Hong Fincher was surprised to find that a major new book, Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower (W. W. Norton & Company), doesn’t acknowledge her at all in its extensive bibliography. And it’s more than a matter of ego: Hong Fincher says the book’s author, Roseann Lake, a journalist who now writes about Cuba for The Economist, has been following her work since 2011.
Back then, Lake reached out to Hong Fincher saying she admired a recent article Hong Fincher wrote about sheng nu for Ms. magazine. Lake said she was in the early stages of writing a book about China’s leftover women and she wanted to interview Hong Fincher. Busy with graduate school at the time, Hong Fincher declined. But she said she eventually shared an unpublished conference paper and asked Lake to cite her if she used any of her ideas. Lake also attended talks and conferences where Hong Fincher was speaking when they both lived in Beijing, Hong Fincher said.

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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.
The investigation is also focused on “open-access” publishers, including the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, sources said.
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.”
Participants can present additional papers for a fee of about $120.

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(Australian case) Images used in biomedical articles suspected of manipulation – The Australian (John Ross | February 2018)0

Posted by Admin in on February 27, 2018

New claims of image manipulation have cast a cloud over the work of three Deakin Univer­sity biomedical researchers.

The Australian has obtained evidence suggesting that seven images published in three journal articles, all co-authored by the three researchers, may have come from an unrelated PhD thesis by the team’s junior member.

In some cases, the images ­appear identical. In others, they seem to have been reversed or cut and then reversed.

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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.
All recipients of NHMRC grants must therefore comply with all elements of the NHMRC Open Access Policy

Access the NHMRC policy announcement