The HRD ministry’s new rules for giving ISBNs to publishers are inexplicable – why should the applicant get clearance from NITI Aayog?
“Simple ‘copy and paste’ actually worked very well for him because he did not have to write anything new for his paper as his results had nothing new.”
A number of predatory journals thrive in India, fed by many universities requiring students to publish a paper to get a PhD. This is “a BAD incentive to encourage scams”.
It has been labeled “anti-vernacular” because it excludes reputed journals in regional languages. It also ignores some well-established Indian journals in favour of Western ones.
If the UGC was truly serious about a transparent vetting process, its first step should be to make the list of journals available in a more accessible format.
Do journals do a good job of finding appropriate peers to review papers? Are editors always in the best place to decide the fate of a paper based on a severely limited sampling of peer reports?
Peer-review had a role to play when journals were all in print and competing for subscription real estate, but today it may be little more than a vestige of the print era.
Evading science communication simply because it is difficult, time-consuming or not important enough reflects more on how much scientists value their own work and its place in posterity.
There are more Indian authors among the top 100 papers than there are Chinese – but there’s a catch.
N.K. Sahoo was promoted in May this year as associate director of the physics group at BARC despite issues with his publications having been known for a while until then.
Twice in the last three months, the Delhi high court has dealt a blow not only to publishers but also to copyright owners.
Studies have found that bloated claims in news reports are often simply carried over from university and journal press releases, which are approved by scientists.
There is an onus on all of us to have a stake in the scientific enterprise, understand its philosophy and practice and see how well it may be put to use, to make us more prosperous and knowledgeable.
“A licensing system that presents photocopying as an infringement of copyrights, is detrimental to the interest of both authors and students.”
Copyright laws the world over acknowledge the importance of access as a way to disseminate knowledge. Why are then people upset that Indian courts want the same?
This week’s selection from the world of social science research.
In an important development, the US Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against the India-based OMICS group for harassing authors to publish in its journals
The court conclusively stated that the reproduction of any work by a teacher or a pupil in the course of instruction would not constitute infringement.
One article by Somesh Kumar Mathur has copied the entirety of a paper by Jean Drèze. His other work also includes several instances of plagiarism.
We have to ensure that Uttarakhand’s new project stays true to the spirit of a scientific pursuit and doesn’t end up being yet another botched experiment.
Ashok Kumar Nagawat, head of the physics department, was promoted to dean by the vice-chancellor even though the latter knew about, and hadn’t investigated, charges of plagiarism against him.
The quest for excellence will remain unfulfilled so long as our top educational institutions lack the means of entering the global publishing market.
Rather than taking the predominantly profit-driven path of securing solar knowledge and its application as a commodity, solar energy expertise and its dissemination ought to be regarded as a commons.
However, what can be questioned is the wisdom of taking up the task of preparing a comprehensive list of legitimate journals.
Why is it that our universities struggle to break into the top rankings of universities? While there are many reasons for this, given the space constraints, let us look at a particularly significant few.
According to a plagiarism software, 79% of the article was presented verbatim in the order, with no reference no to the original whatsoever.
Researchers must rely on journalists for their communication skills and the audience they reach. And journalists will play a crucial role in facilitating the ethical discussion around synthetic biology.
Sue the Messenger by Subir Ghosh and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is not only a chronicle of legal harassment by corporates of investigative journalists who write about their questionable practices, but also of the resistance against it.
It is no wonder that between 66% and 75% of clinical trials whose results are published in the major medical journals are funded by the drug industry.
Results of the analysis shouldn’t come as a surprise – they’re small pieces of an interconnected chain of problems bereft of any clear beginnings or endings.
I recently took up a teaching post in Ranchi as visiting faculty at the Department of Rural Management, Xavier Institute of Social Service. In the first assignment to my class, I noticed that all the students were ‘cutting and pasting’ without proper citation and referencing. Seeing an article […]
No comments or actions from those involved in publishing the other two papers have yet been forthcoming.
“It’s hard to accept plagiarism of this level in a discussion paper published by a governmental organ actively associated with intellectual property protection in India.”
The Wire presented Appa Rao Podile with evidence that three papers coauthored by him contained multiple instances of ‘cut and paste’ writing.
“The matter of research integrity seems to be a problem of world-wide dimensions.”
Everyone can now read scientific papers, warts and all. For students in less prosperous universities and colleges, this has become a new opportunity to know what is happening at the frontline.
NEJM labours under the impression that the data generated by medical experiments will not ever be perfectly communicable to other researchers who were not involved in the generation of it.
The following is the text of a letter sent by 101 social scientists from all over the world to the trustees of the Economic and Political Weekly expressing their concern about recent developments. We write to you today as longstanding admirers of EPW and as proud members of the […]
Life cycle rituals are always moments of tension, because they involve the continued reproduction of society as a whole. Births, weddings, anniversaries and successions are keenly watched as they signal the direction any individual or institution will take. At a time when the announcement of leaders in long […]
Today marks the beginning of the 8th Open Access (OA) week, a global event to highlight all things open access.