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.

Reference Lin: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180113063351529

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.

Reference Link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/37-of-uk-research-outputs-freely-available-immediately-at-the-time-of-publication-says-new-report/

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.

Reference Link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/de-gruyter-and-united-nations-cooperate-on-open-access-book-project/

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.

Reference link: http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/11/30/open-access-science-publishing-plos

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.

Reference link:

http://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/press-releases/corporate/springer-to-publish-canadian-journal-of-public-health/15260210

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: http://www.wearewvproud.com/story/36933187/storm-therapeutics-announces-publication-in-nature-on-rna-epigenetics-by-founder-professor-tony-kouzarides

Chemical Research in Toxicology Journal gets its new Editor-in-Chief

Shana J. Sturla, Ph.D., of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zürich) has been designated as the next Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Research in Toxicology, the only chemistry-focused journal dedicated to advancing the understanding of toxic agents by the publications division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Dr. Sturla will take the charges of distinguished peer-reviewed journal from the starting of 2018.

Reference Link: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2017/november/shana-sturla-new-editor-in-chief-of-chemical-research-in-toxicology.html

New Section Editor-in-Chief of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in Applied Sciences Journal

Applied Sciences journal announced the appointment of new section editor-in-chief for Computer Science and Electrical Engineering section. Professor Andrea Prati was appointed at this post in the beginning of November.

Reference Link: http://www.mdpi.com/about/announcements/1078

BSMMU signs MoU with BMJ and icddr,b

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with British Medical Journal (BMJ) and International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) with a goal to collaborate various research initiatives in the field of clinical sciences from a common institutional platform. The initiatives include sharing of facilities, knowledge and experience, assistance with clinical research, training and the preparation of research protocols, organizing workshops and scientific seminars to groom the future scientists and clinicians in order to tackle the unforeseen public health challenges.

Reference Link: http://www.dhakatribune.com/feature/health-wellness/2017/08/29/bsmmu-bmj-icddrb-mou-clinical/