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Opinion: Understanding and Coping With Rising Publication Costs

By M. Bishr Omary and Theodore S. Lawrence | September 1, 2017

As article processing charges top $5,000 at some research journals, authors and institutions have means of negotiating better deals or finding less expensive options.


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Opinion: Why I Published in a Predatory Journal

By John H. McCool | April 6, 2017

Our totally bogus case report swiftly passed muster, with only minor revisions requested.


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Overspending on Overhead

By Viviane Callier | February 1, 2015

Federal research dollars are needlessly wasted as scientists spend more and more of their time trying to recoup operational costs.


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Wild Relatives

By Colin K. Khoury, Hannes Dempewolf, and Nora P. Castañeda-Álvarez | June 1, 2014

As rich sources of genetic diversity, the progenitors and kin of today’s food crops hold great promise for improving production in agriculture’s challenging future.

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Psychiatry: An SOS Call

By Robert E. Becker | May 1, 2014

Social policies shaped the practice of psychiatry in the past. As the discipline becomes ever more scientific, the effects of social policy on patient well-being must not be ignored.


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The Great Divide

By Didier Schmitt | December 1, 2013

A two-way bridge between science and policy is desperately needed.


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Defending Against Plagiarism

By Jonathan Bailey | June 1, 2013

Publishers need to be proactive about detecting and deterring copied text.


image: DIYbio: Low Risk, High Potential

DIYbio: Low Risk, High Potential

By Todd Kuiken | March 1, 2013

Citizen scientists can inspire innovation and advance science education—and they are proving adept at self-policing.


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Regulating Amateurs

By Dustin T. Holloway | March 1, 2013

How should the government ensure the safety and responsibility of do-it-yourself biologists?


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Little Fish in a Big Pond

By Ellen K. Pikitch | November 1, 2012

Continued overfishing of forage fish such as sardines and herring can result in devastating ecological and economic outcomes.

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