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"The recent case of a defamation suit filed against PubPeer an online forum for anonymous, post-publication peer review—has created a buzz in the scientific community. The lawsuit has been filed by Fazlul Sarkar, a cancer researcher at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, the author of more than 500 papers, and a principal investigator for more than $1,227,000 in active grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, on the grounds that anonymous derogatory comments posted on the site about his work cost him his job. Sarkar wants to uncover the identities of the anonymous commentators and press legal charges against them. This incident has brought to the fore several doubts academicians have long harbored about post-publication peer review such as:

Would scientists be wary of commenting about a paper’s inaccuracy for the fear of legal action?
To what extent should law interfere with science?
Should whistleblowers be offered legal protection? "

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See also

Table of contents of volume 2:

• 16th Century Chronicle to 21st Century Edition: A Review of The Diary of Henry Machyn, by Misha Broughton,
• Der Zürcher Sommer 1968: Die digitale Edition, by Friederike Wein
• The Digital Edition of the Becerro Galicano de San Millán de la Cogolla, by Francisco Javier Álvarez Carbajal
• The Fleischmann Diaries, by Merisa A. Martinez
• The Shelley-Godwin Archive: The edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Notebooks, by Frederike Neuber

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[Sorry, haven't seen the prior posting of Georg Vogeler, thanks for that!]

"Princeton University has created and released an open-access collection of thousands of documents by theoretical physicist and philosopher of Science Albert Einstein."


New book by Martin Weller

The new book by Martin Paul Eve on OA is OA [and CC_BY-SA], fortunately:

"The New York City Bar Association is set to auction off its rare books in a series of three auctions at Doyle New York. The first sale will be held tomorrow. The New York Law Journal also ran a piece on the upcoming sales, featuring some pretty shocking comments from Association staff and criticism from members."

Landmark November 24, 2014 Auction at Doyle New York Far Surpassed Its Estimate of $665,780-1,010,420, With All 325 Lots Sold"

""I've never had one request for any of these books," said Tuske. "Nobody even knows we have them. [...]

But two association members complained in a Nov. 11 letter to city bar President Debra Raskin that they had learned of the auction "only recently" and characterized the decision to dispose of the books as an "inside job" with the executive committee consulting only itself and employed officials.
John R. Horan and Stephen Sayre Singer inquired if there were moral or legal reasons why the auction should not proceed. They asked whether the sales were consistent with the implied or stipulated intent of donors and whether any of the materials were subject to express donor restrictions.
Finally they argued that dispersing the books by auction would make them less accessible and would not assure their preservation.
"Overall, if the association cannot properly care for and make available these valuable artifacts of its patrimony, we think it more suitable that they be kept together and donated to another research facility," they said."

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