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Editorial Snapshot: How to protect yourself in the continuing fight against predatory journals

- A.S., Editor

Predatory journals and publishers are an ongoing threat to the integrity of the academic community. Although the existence of predatory journals is well-known, exactly what defines such an entity has been difficult to describe. The term “predatory publisher” has been used since 2010, but it was not until the end of 2019 that a consensus definition was reached. According to a group of prominent researchers and publishers from multiple countries, “Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.”

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Science News: Using artificial intelligence to monitor the health of wildlife

– G.A., Senior Editor

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the general public has become very aware of the importance of tracking the incidence of diseases in the general population. The collection of such data in databases that can be accessed by healthcare professionals can be invaluable for identifying and combating newly emergent pathogens. However, humans are not the only species on Earth for which such data can be beneficial.

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Editorial Snapshot: Industry bias in research: is transparency enough?

- A.S., Editor

Potential biases in scientific research and how they are addressed are important indicators of the quality and validity of the work. The growing connection between industry and research institutions has raised concerns in academic communities, especially in biomedical fields, over the biases associated with conflicts of interest. For example, in a previous study examining the role of company sponsorship on research outcomes, it was found that industry-sponsored studies were more likely to have favorable efficacy results.

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Science News: Red alert for Earth’s climate

– K.J., Editor

The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently released their findings in a report called Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis[LINK1]. This is the Sixth Assessment Report of the present and future changes to our global climate. At around 4000 pages, this report contains a large volume of alarming data and makes a number of predictions for the future of our planet.

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