Fact-Checking Software Detects Genetic Errors in Cancer Research Publications

In early October, two scientists shared a software program that detects incorrect gene sequences in already published research experiments. Using the program, the duo identified experimental flaws in more than 60 papers within cancer research alone. Scientists Jennifer Byrne and Cyril Labbé combined their expertise in cancer-research and computer-science, to introduce the software “Seek &…
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Sci-Hub’s Domain Inactive Following Court’s Order

Sci-Hub's domainFollowing a recent ruling by a district court in Virginia in favor of the American Chemical Society (ACS), several domains of the controversial pirate website, Sci-Hub, have become inactive. In addition to slapping $4.8 million in damages, the ruling also stated that internet search engines and web-hosting services should refrain from providing access to such…
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ResearchGate Gets Sued for Copyright Infringement


ResearchGate is a platform that allows researchers to upload and share their work with others in the community. Termed as an academic social network, ResearchGate is currently embroiled in a battle against publishers, with the latter crying copyright infringement. Due to pressure from a coalition of publishers, including Elsevier and Wiley, ResearchGate is set to…
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Open Citations Take Off

Open citation refers to the practice of making papers in a reference list accessible. Open citations use a common, machine readable format. The listed papers can be accessed independently of the main article and are freely available. This is an important way to share knowledge. The Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) represents a new approach…
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BioRxiv and Authorea Partner to Streamline Preprint Submission


Science communication is very important. As researchers increasingly forge global collaborations in biological research, the scientific community will need more collaborative tools. To meet that need, Authorea developed a collaborative document editor service. It helps collaborators edit shared documents. Furthermore, it facilitates the process of archiving preprints or publication-ready manuscripts (not peer reviewed) and submitting  … Read more

Microsoft, Google, & Baidu Join Forces on Open Academic Search

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) in Seattle was created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen with the mission of providing the latest findings in artificial intelligence to humankind. AI2 collaborated with Microsoft, Google, and Baidu to create the Open Academic Search (OAS) working group to “advance scientific research and discovery, promote technology that assists  … Read more

Dryad and DANS Ensure Permanence of Research Data

DryadDryad and DANS have entered into a new partnership. These free research databases announced a collaboration to ensure the preservation of a rich research data repository. Dryad makes the data underlying published research available online. This data is often linked to the associated peer reviewed publication in academic journals. The work of more than 50,000  … Read more

ScienceFair: Research Literature Reimagined

ScienceFairScienceFair is a new program built on the idea that access to the scholarly literature should be independent of the influence of large publishers. In some cases, the platforms that researchers use to access and read scientific literature have been designed to advance a publisher’s business model. In others, the platform supports open access journals.  … Read more

Clarivate Analytics Establishes Partnership with Impactstory


Clarivate Analytics has recently announced a partnership with Impactstory. Under the agreement, Clarivate Analytics will help fund Impactstory’s oaDOI service. This should make it easier for researchers to find open access content. The Clarivate Analytics grant will help Impactstory to offer about 18 million full-text articles to the research community at no charge. The arrangement  … Read more

Scholarly Commons Promotes Open Research

The process of research seems simple from the outside: read, experiment, publish, and repeat. Yet, paywalls formed by national or cultural groups is a barrier to scholarly communication. Scholarly Commons and its working group, the Scholarly Commons Working Group, seek to change that. In their effort to advance scholarship dissemination, more work needs to be  … Read more

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