Monthly Archives: April 2018

Springer Nature Announces IPO

From Reuters: Springer Nature, the publisher of science magazines Nature and Scientific American, is planning to raise 1.2 billion euros ($1.5 billion) by selling new shares in an initial public offering (IPO).  

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Clarivate Acquires Discovery Startup Kopernio

Kopernio, a startup aiming to make acquiring PDFs more seamless, has been acquired by Clarivate (owner of Web of Science, Publons, and more): Kopernio underscores one truism remarkably clearly: You cannot serve as a starting point for discovery, as Web … Continue reading

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Tighter Rules for Nature: Non-Financial Conflicts Declaration

Nature and all Nature Research journals now require authors to declare any non-financial conflicts of interest: Competing interests (both financial and non-financial) are defined as a secondary interest that could directly undermine, or be perceived to undermine, the objectivity, integrity … Continue reading

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What is Blockchain?

There’s a new buzzword on the block, blockchain. Discussion has emerged regarding blockchain and its possible applicability to the next-generation of persistent document identifiers (PIDs; like ORCIDs, DOIs): Blockchain is a technology for decentralized, self-regulating data which can be managed … Continue reading

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“Predation” Update: Beall’s Archive Up and Running

An anonymous scholar is now maintaining an archive of Beall’s List: https://beallslist.weebly.com/ Additional Reading Derek Lowe provides an update, generally, on “predation”: http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2018/04/02/predation

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