The components of Portable Peer Review

Portable peer review services work in tandem with journal editors, allowing the latter to notify authors that the peer review offered by the former is welcome by certain journals. Some journals have initiated the practice of accepting manuscripts that were rejected by higher impact journals if they come along with an original review, a revised manuscript and the author’s rebuttal with respect to their submission package.

Portable peer review services intend to improve the quality of reviews and simultaneously reduce redundancy.

A portable peer review involves the following stages:

 

MLA Style Formatting

In every field of research, there is a need to borrow facts or figures from other scholarly studies. Based on the requirement, the conventions used in various papers may vary. The MLA style follows a set of guidelines set by the Modern Language Association. This style is widely used in the field of humanities, especially in English, philosophy, foreign languages, and religious studies. High school and college writing assignments mostly follow this standardized writing style. Generally, MLA style of formatting is considered to be simpler and more concise compared to other styles.

Student mobility is shrinking

According to the survey conducted by the British Council, the students leaving their home country for higher education to abroad has decreased in number. The reason behind this change is that there has been increase in the number of local investors for higher education, in many countries. Earlier, students’ preferred to go abroad for higher studies due to lack of quality education at home. A recent study shows that globally the number of outbound students is anticipated to rise by 1.7 % annually, from 2015 to 2027, a sharp slowdown of the 5.7% annual growth between 2000 to 2015.

Reference link: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180209120222866

Peking University purchases linguistics and literature eBook package from De Gruyter Mouton

Peking University ventures to strengthen its growing linguistics program and expand its collection by acquiring the prestigious De Gruyter Mouton collection. The package includes 2,400 ebook titles (up to and including 2017). Professor Qian Jun, the Vice Director of Peking University’s School of Foreign Languages said “Access to De Gruyter Mouton content not only improves the quality of our resources, but allows our students and researchers to take part in the international academic discussion on linguistics.”

Structure of a clinical case report

Different journals have different formats, therefore it is advisable to select few target journals and read them to get a general idea of the sequence and format in which the content should be placed.
In general, case reports include the following components:

 

PLOS and PubGrade Entered into a Digital Advertising Partnership

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and PubGrade GmbH have collaborated to provide PLOS with PubGrade’s integrated advertising platform: PubGrade for Publishers. PubGrade provides the Public Library of Science with a fully integrated advertising platform that assists them to offer progressive digital advertising campaign targeting, monitoring, reporting, plus workflow and optimization solutions. PubGrade has offered PLOS quite a cost- and time-efficient mode to improve services in a focused way.

Reference Link: http://news.sys-con.com/node/4228326

Copyright Myths vs. Facts

The objective of copyright law is to provide a legal framework to assure creators of original work that their artistic talent is fairly rewarded and protected.

The advancement in technology and the Internet has made it much easier for works to be created, published, and copied as well. With increasing digital content, there are many misconceptions regarding the copyright law circulating online. This is an attempt to clarify the myths and facts associated with copyright law.

Copyright covers a wide range of creations that include literary works, artistic works, development software, computer programs, movies, music, etc. There is a myth that one can copy or republish a particular content as long as credit is given to the original owner. But the fact is that the exclusive right to copy content belongs to the owner of the copyright only and no one is entitled to reuse a work in any way unless an explicit permission is obtained from the owner.

It is also assumed that content published online becomes public property as it is in the public domain and it diminishes copyright protection on it. But the fact is that the authors have exclusive right on the published content, so other users should take measures to confirm ownership of the content before publication.

There is a third misconception that any work that doesn’t bear the copyright notice or tag is open to be reused. However, copyright exists in a work from the moment the content is recorded in any fixed and observable form. Non-display of the copyright note does not confer any permission on anyone to reuse that work.

Another area of uncertainty is regarding derivative works. The fact is that such works are still covered by copyright. It is believed that if one modifies or partly uses someone else’s work, it doesn’t breach the copyright law. On the contrary, it is only treated as a ‘fair use’ when a person accesses the work just as a reference.

There is another gray area related to the financial gain from the protected content. It is presumed that a person can use another person’s work if there is no financial gain or profit from it. But in reality, copying someone else’s work is a breach of copyright law, and money is not a consideration in that case.

Many myths persist about fair use, which is an essential right that allows the use of copyrighted material under certain circumstances. Therefore, while creating, sharing, and consuming media on the Internet may be easier than ever before, copyright regulations are still in force and must be respected.

Japan’s salubrious package in its HSR bid

Japan is all set to bid for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR (High-Speed Rail) contract by offering an inclusive financial package and other offerings to make the package look attractive. Japan is eyeing three local universities as partners to set up a training centre in Malaysia to produce skilled manpower, so that they can start the operations by themselves from Day One, if it wins the bid. Japan is also offering a comprehensive financial package that will help the two nations reduce their financial burden in introducing the system. This offering is set to benefit Malaysian and Singapore companies including small and medium enterprises. The project, worth between RM50 billion and RM60 billion, will be functional by 2026. It is billed as Southeast Asia’s largest infrastructure project.

Reference link: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/ge/newsgeneral.php?id=1431379

Publishers, Librarians disagreement over NIH Rule

National Institutes of Health (NIH) rule has again hauled controversy from the publishers and academic librarians. The new rule which is now a law requires NIH-funded researchers to submit an electronic copy of their peer-reviewed manuscripts with the NIH for free online distribution through PubMed Central, its digital archive. The AAP is critical of the new rule on economic grounds as scientific research is an important product in the international marketplace and making research freely available undermine the global market for research.

Reference Link: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20080107/14759-publishers-librarians-clash-over-nih-rule.html