Scholarly Publishing Round-Up September 2018

Learn more about lab manuals, NCBI tools and current trends related to open access and publishing issues.

The key to a happy lab life is in the manual. Nature. September 5, 2018

Mariam Aly from Columbia University in New York provides a commentary on her inspiration from  Jonathan Peelle from Washington University about sharing lab manuals.

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PNAS will discontinue the print edition as of January 2019

“On 7/1/19, PNAS will eliminate the strict page limits and the Plus article category. The preferred length of articles will remain at 6 pgs; flexible length limits up to 12 pgs will be allowed. To make this feasible, PNAS will cease producing the print edition as of 1/19.”



Van Noorden. Science Journals end open-access trial with Gates Foundation. Nature. July 13, 2018.

Kwok, Roberta. How to work with your institution’s press office to maximize the reach of your work. Nature, August 7, 2018.

Radical open-access plan could spell end to journal subscriptions. Nature, September 4, 2018.

De Vrieze J. Open-access journal editors resign after alleged pressure to publish mediocre papers. Science. September 4, 2018.

Shillcut SK, Silver JK. Social media and advancement of women physicians. NEJM. June 14, 2018.

Shotten D. Funders should mandate open citations. Nature, January 9, 2018

Sax P. Predatory journals are such a big problem it’s not even funny. NEJM Journal Watch. May 28, 2018. tripleC. Vol. 15, No. 2. 2017.

Roediger III. H. Anonymity in scientific publishing. Association for Psychological Science. April 2018.

Are research papers less accurate and truthful than in the past? The Economist. March 2018.

Top cancer researcher fails to disclose corporate financial ties in major research journals. ProPublica. September 8, 2018.

Publisher’s Note. Cancer Research. September 4, 2018.

In this issue of Cancer Research, we are publishing a number of Notices: Corrections, Editor’s Notes, and Retractions. In addition, Cancer Prevention Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Molecular Cancer Research, and Molecular Cancer Therapeutics are issuing Notices this month.

Cancer journals retract 10 papers, flag 8 more, and apologize for the delay. Retraction Watch. September 4, 2018.