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New Nature Pub Goes OA

Nature Publishing Group is launching a new journal, called Nature Communications, that will allow authors to pay an article processing charge so that their paper is freely-available, the publishing company reports. The new journal will appear online beginning in April 2010 and, according to a press release, will "publish research papers in all areas of the biological, chemical and physical sciences, encouraging papers that provide a multidisciplinary approach." Submissions will start being accepted in October.

In a related blog post, Nick Oswald at Bitesize Bio discusses the various flavors of open-access publishing — Gold, Hybrid, Delayed, or Green. "Open Access is not perfect yet, but if we could reduce the burden on the author and streamline the publishing process, it would be pretty close," Oswald says.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.