LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 268 – Scientific Publishing

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1. Schiermeirer, Quirin. “Monument to Peer Review Unveiled in Moscow: Cornerstone of Modern Science Immortalized in Concrete,”
Nature News (2017, May 26).

Last May, a monument in honor of anonymous peer review (for scholarly articles) was unveiled outside of Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. It’s a giant cube with the words: Accept’, ‘Minor Changes’, ‘Major Changes’, ‘Revise and Resubmit’ and ‘Reject’. Finally, a statue that honors this important but often thankless task. Details from HSE’s site.

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2. Baldwin, Melinda. “Is the Peer Review Process for Scientific Papers Broken?”
Time (2014, April 30).

Did you know that until1973, not all Nature articles were peer reviewed? While peer review goes back to the 1660s, the practice was not really formalized until the late 20th century. But with the explosion in scientific publishing, can peer review as we now have it survive?


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Stealing into print : fraud, plagiarism, and misconduct in scientific publishing / Marcel C. LaFollette.

This book examines scientific publishing and reveals that the practice of science is often untidier than we imagine when starting our university careers.





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