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The recent Scott Reuben fraud (http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=a-medical-madoff-anesthestesiologist-faked-data) started me on this. A problem lies also outside of the immediate medical framework: the publishing world. The whole process of “acquisitions editor” and “development editor”—people with half-baked knowledge mostly—who run the show. The show might indeed be very profitable for the publishing companies themselves, but the deplorable fact remains that publishing has not even remained market-oriented but has become self-generating, self-consuming.

Market does not mean “library” to me: where you have taken the university representative in your pocket Read the rest of this entry »