AIP Publishing removes the charges obstacle

AIP Publishing declared to remove publication page charges and color charges from all organisation’s’ journals on effect from January 1, 2018. The journals include Physics of Plasmas, Review of Scientific Instruments, and 10 other well-known peer-reviewed physical science titles. This initiative is taken to eliminate the charges barriers and facilitate emerging shifts in scholarly communication.


De Gruyter and United Nations participate for free-available book project

De Gruyter and United Nations mutually decide to work on publication of two open access books on mathematics. The books are authored for physicists and engineers and will serve as the foundation mathematics course under the syllabus of the Regional Centres. Both books are accessible to everyone and from everywhere. The first volume includes Linear Algebra and the second volume focuses on Probability and Statistics.

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Sugar craving increases by short sleep

A recent study has discovered that sugar cravings increases by lack of sleep and following and maintaining a good diet to maintain healthy weight would necessitate a good night’s rest. The researchers of King’s College, London, conducted a study on 42 healthy adults. They were divided into two groups and one of the groups was trained to follow good sleeping practices and the other group was not advised to follow any rule. A motion sensor was used by these persons during the week to record the data of test.

After one week, the researchers found that heavy sleepers tend to consume less sugar than short sleepers. The aim of this study is to strengthen the findings that improving sleep improves diet and health of a person.


Lack of international representation on scientific journals’ editorial boards

journalEmilio Bruna a biologist from the University of Florida, and his team found in a study that “Academic journals lack international editorial board individuals, as most editors are based either in the US or UK.”

Bruna’s team analyzed 24 environmental biology journals’ editorial boards in the vicinity of 1985 and 2014. Out of the 3827 scientists who served on the journals’ editorial boards, 55% were based in the US and 12% in the UK. 98% of editors-in-chief are based in the ‘global north.’ The Royal Society of Chemistry’s journals’ 2017 statistics show 30% of editorial board members across all journals are based in the US, 12% in China and 12% in the UK.

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Publication Board plans to set up franchises

The Assam Publication Board is going to set up a selling point in each district of the state from March onwards. Secretary Promod Kalita stated that in every district a bookstall will be announced as a franchise of the board under this initiative.They would have pre-set selection method. The stall owner would be liable to pay security money to become a franchise.


Collaborating Indigenous Languages with Science Communication

There is no denying that English is one of the world’s most celebrated languages and has been adopted by nearly 370million people. In journals and book chapters, English is most frequently used.

The major dilemma is about the billions of people who can speak very little English or none at all. The primary concern is how they can learn and improve their knowledge in the field of scientific information.

An initiative named Imagine project, aims to spread scientific knowledge to rural and indigenous communities. The Imagine project has been created at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil.

The combination of knowledge and communication will lead to a healthy social and technological development. Hence, it is imperative for researchers to share their findings with ordinary people.


Henry Holt Publishing ‘Fire and Fury’ by Michael Wolff, on Jan. 9

The first inside account of the most controversial presidency will be reflected in the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” written by Michel Wolff. The book will be edited by Macmillan’s editor at large John Sterling. Henry Holt’s president and publisher Stephen Rubin announced today that the book will be published on Jan.9, 2018.

Wolff shows how Trump furthermore, his team careened starting with one crisis then onto the next amid the organization’s initial nine months in view of more than 200 interviews with the president and most individuals from his ranking staff.

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Open-access Journals Are Valuable To Transform Science

open accessMichael Eisen, an acclaimed biologist at UC Berkeley and co-founder of the Public Library of Science, has resolved to change the way scientific findings are circulated. His PLOS publishes some of the widest and most prestigious academic papers in the world. He aims to provide open access, meaning anyone having internet connection can read them for free. Currently, most research papers are locked behind paywalls, and unlocking those documents costs hundreds of dollars per article. This prevents the general public and scientists from being updated about new researches although they are funded by U.S. taxpayers. PLOS has started an initiative called open science movement to break up the academic publishing conglomerate.

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Springer will publish the Canadian Journal of Public Health

journal Springer will publish the Canadian Journal of Public Health from 1st January 2018 in collaboration with Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). It is currently self-published by CPHA, The journal is accepting research articles, reviews, and correspondence in English or French on all aspects of public health and preventive medicine with a particular focus on population health intervention research.

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Research findings of RNA Epigenetics to be published in Nature Journal: STORM Therapeutics

STORM Therapeutics has announced to publish its research details on discovery of small molecule therapies modulating RNA Epigenetics in Nature – one of the top ranking scientific journals – focusing on the linkage between the RNA-modifying enzyme and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).                                                                     Reference Link: