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It Could Be Worse. We Could Be the Sarah Palin of Science

This story in the Guardian discusses scholarly publishing, and concerns among scientists that the growth in online journals means so many papers are being released that the pressure to get into the top-tier journals is higher than ever. The article cites anthropologist Alex Bentley as saying, "We're just producing so much wordage that nobody has time to read anything. It makes academic publishing, and even science itself, a bit like trying to get hits on blogs or try to make yourself the Britney of science."

In other publishing news, Google settled its lawsuits with publishers, agreeing to pay $125 million to publishers and authors to be able to continue its book-scanning program. And Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline blogs about the challenges of publishing in pharma, where it's not a priority and scientists have to wait a long time after finishing a project to write it up.


The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.