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.

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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.”

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.

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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.

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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.

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Australia is in double bind over ‘treason’ laws

According to experts’ assumptions there could be a fall in the number of Chinese students studying at Australian Universities on account of new anti-treason laws that have been portrayed as “anti-China” by the China’s Communist Party and state-governed media. Last month Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, declared a series of planned laws to limit foreign influence in Australian politics. They are in a dilemma as they want to protect academic freedom at the same time they want to retain Chinese student numbers.

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Wiley declares launch of Wiley Digital Archives

 John Wiley and Sons Inc. have introduced a new program of digital primary sources that provides first-time access to rare historical records across the sciences and medicine.  Wiley Digital Archives is going to be launched this year. It has made the process effortless for institutional customers; they can procure digital access to unique historical primary sources, digitized from leading societies such as the New York Academy of Sciences and the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.

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Dimensions database provides new ways to explore scholarly literature

The marketplace for science search engines is cut-throat and crowded. Dimensions database has been launched on January 15, which intends to provide new methods to academics to analyse the scholarly literature. It has assured to grant fund on scholarly literature which includes indexing papers and their citations and connecting publications to their related grants, funding agencies, patents and clinical trials. The tool was created by London-based technology firm Digital Science which is operated by the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group; it holds a majority share in Nature’s publisher.

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Predatory journal has firm grip on universities in Ottawa and Canada

Scientists from the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital and other renowned institutions across Canada have been publishing their findings in fake science journals, spoiling the work despite years of warnings. One veteran science publisher warns all the work that produced these studies “is just thrown away.” Until recently, the scope of the problem of “predatory” journals has been hard to measure. Now, a known name in the fake publishing field, OMICS International of India, has enhanced the search engine for 700 journals. As a result, we found hundreds of Canadian scientists publishing recently with the Indian firm — the same company that has accepted the newspaper’s analysis of how pigs fly.

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More than half of UK-authored research articles are made accessible

According to the report commissioned by Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group the share of UK research which is freely available is increasing at a considerable rate. 37% of UK outputs are available via open access to public view either through Gold or Green OA within 12 months. The trend of UK-authored articles published open access went up from 12% in 2012 to 30% in 2016, an annual growth rate of over 30% sustained throughout the period.

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