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Chinese universities are prodigious producers of scientific papers, which will help garner them more prestige. CFOTO/Future Publishing via Getty Images

China’s universities just grabbed 6 of the top 10 spots in one worldwide science ranking – without changing a thing

Science rankings rely on papers in academic journals. Broadening the view to include many more open-access journals will upend the usual order – thanks to China’s vast number of publications.
Government information sources like the U.S. patent database often file bad information without labeling it or providing a way to retract it. Thinglass/iStock via Getty Images

When authoritative sources hold onto bad data: A legal scholar explains the need for government databases to retract information

Theranos was dissolved years ago, and its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, is in prison, but the company’s patents based on bad science live on – a stark example of the persistence of faulty information.
The CPI project was born in 2016 in response to the excesses of the scientific publication system. Brendan Howard/Shutterstock

Could ‘Peer Community In’ be the revolution in scientific publishing we’ve all been waiting for?

The open-access service PCI has opened the door for researchers to take charge of the review and publishing system, and move toward greater transparency in knowledge production.
Journalists covering scientific research during the COVID-19 pandemic increased their reliance on preprints. (Shutterstock)

Journalists reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic relied on research that had yet to be peer reviewed

Preprints are often free to use, making them more accessible for journalists to report on. However, as they have yet to undergo peer review, science journalists take a gamble on their accuracy.
Comment letters in academic journals respond to previously published articles, and are subject to the same gender disparities found elsewhere in research. (Shutterstock)

Women less likely to critique men’s research in academic journals

Journal comments are responses to previously published articles. The gender disparity in the authorship of these comments both reflects and contributes to women’s opportunities in scientific research.
For now, it’s going to be trickier for the University of California community to access some academic journals. Michelle/Flickr

University of California’s showdown with the biggest academic publisher aims to change scholarly publishing for good

The UC libraries let their Elsevier journal subscriptions lapse and now the publisher has cut their online access. It’s a painful milestone in the fight UC hopes may transform how journals get paid.
Libraries subscribe digitally to academic journals – and are left with nothing in the stacks when the contract expires. Eric Chan/Flickr

University of California’s break with the biggest academic publisher could shake up scholarly publishing for good

Digital publishing hasn’t resulted in the free and open access to information many envisioned. Universities are increasingly fed up with a system they see as charging them for their own scholars’ labor.
Research findings are published in peer-reviewed academic journals, many of which charge universities subscription fees. from

Universities spend millions on accessing results of publicly funded research

Universities in New Zealand spent close to US$15 million on subscriptions to just four publishers in 2016, data that was only released following a request to the Ombudsman.

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