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Amazon sold several million Kindle e-readers in China

(15 August 2018) Amazon Kindle e-book sales have jumped 12% last year in China and the company now has a library of over 700,000 titles that are available.  Amazon also announced that it has sold several million Kindle e-readers since it first launched in China in 2012 and China has become the world’s biggest regional market […]

August 15, 2018 - 2:32 pm
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Novelist Dung Kai-cheung asks Hong Kong ‘to withdraw’ his Author of the Year title over indecency row

(1 August 2018) Renowned Hong Kong author Dung Kai-cheung has penned a satirical post asking the authorities to withdraw his 2014 “author of the year” title after Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s latest novel was classified as “indecent” by the city’s Obscene Articles Tribunal. Killing Commendatore, published in 2017, was put into the second tier of […]

August 3, 2018 - 7:21 am
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Haruki Murakami’s new novel declared ‘indecent’ by Hong Kong censors

(25 July 2018) The latest novel from Haruki Murakami, Japan’s most celebrated literary export, has fallen foul of censors in Hong Kong, where it was ruled to be indecent by a tribunal and removed from display at a book fair. Hong Kong’s Obscene Articles Tribunal announced last week that the Chinese-language edition of Murakami’s Kishidancho […]

July 27, 2018 - 7:33 am
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Knowledge management becomes top-of-mind again

(6 June 2018) Dave Davis writes that there is an old saying that “everything old is new again,” and that often relates to technology. Knowledge management was a major business trend from 1988-1998. For a decade, it was one of the most discussed topics among leaders of many industries and written about in multiple books […]

July 12, 2018 - 9:51 am
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Keeping our cool: environmental monitoring at the library

(5 July 2018) What do you consider lovely, comfortable weather? Unfortunately, perfect human weather does not look very much like perfect book weather. Books prefer the cool, dark, and dry environments found in climate controlled Cambridge University Special Collection storage. It’s common knowledge for the University Library’s regular readers that the care and keeping of […]

July 6, 2018 - 12:14 pm
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Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee, honored in Thailand

(17 June 2018) On April 27, 2018, Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee was awarded a Medal of Appreciation from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand during the official opening ceremony of the modernized library of Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Lee was the founding library director of AIT under the sponsorship […]

June 17, 2018 - 12:36 pm
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ICoASL 2019 takes place in India

(12 June 2018) The Sixth International Conference of Asian Special Libraries (ICoASL 2019) on Libraries and Librarianship in Digital Plus Era takes place 14-16 February 2019 at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India. It is organised by the Special Libraries Association, Asian Chapter in collaboration with the Institute of Economic Growth, Ambedkar University Delhi, Society for Library […]

June 12, 2018 - 7:36 pm
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Competition heats up in the world of high quality scientific research

(7 June 2018) The United States is the world’s largest contributor to high-quality scientific research papers, followed by China and Germany, according to the Nature Index 2018 Annual Tables released today. These tables track by country and institution the research published in 82 high-quality journals each year, counting both the total number of papers and […]

June 10, 2018 - 8:14 pm
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ies Consulting, a subsidiary of iGroup, helps research visibility for academic research

(1 June 2018) It is increasingly frustrating for researchers to improve their research performance on the basis of citation counts. Based upon a survey of Nature, there was an indication that more than 20% of the articles in journals covered in Web of Science were not cited at all. This  contradicts the widely held belief […]

June 10, 2018 - 7:43 pm
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Alphabetical name ordering is discriminatory and harmful to collaborations

(29 May 2018) When multiple authors collaborate on an article, book, or report, the order in which they are listed is important. How this is done may vary by scientific discipline, with most determining the order according to the authors’ respective contributions. But some fields continue to follow the convention whereby authors are listed in […]

May 30, 2018 - 6:50 pm
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How to keep up to date with the literature but avoid information overload

(18 May 2018) The sheer number of online services and social media platforms available to academics makes it possible to receive a constant stream of information about newly published research. However, much of this may serve only as a distraction from your research and staying on top of it all can even come to feel […]

May 20, 2018 - 9:34 pm
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How to design an award-winning conference poster

(11 May 2018) A good academic conference poster serves a dual purpose: it is both an effective networking tool and a means by which to articulately communicate your research. But many academics fail to produce a truly visually arresting conference poster and so opportunities to garner interest and make connections are lost. Tullio Rossi offers […]

May 14, 2018 - 12:48 am
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Plagiarism and robotics

(11 April 2018) Though humans have sought ways to automate common tasks for thousands of years, the science of robotics is still a fairly new field. The term “robot” was coined in 1920 by playwright Karel Capek and the first industrial robots began to make their appearance in the 1950s. However, despite its young age, […]

April 12, 2018 - 11:19 am
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Nature Research and The Estée Lauder Companies launch global awards to celebrate inspirations for women in science

(9 April 2018, London | Melville, New York) With women making up less than a third of the world’s researchers and facing barriers to pursuing long-term careers that lead to senior positions in science, Nature Research and The Estée Lauder Companies have launched two global awards today that seek to put a spotlight on both […]

April 12, 2018 - 11:07 am
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The proportion of co-authored research articles has risen markedly in recent decades

(4 April 2018) The proportion of multi-authored papers in the social sciences has risen steadily over recent decades. But what are the reasons behind such a marked increase? Lukas Kuld and John O’Hagan consider a number of explanations, from increased academic specialisation and more affordable communication and travel, to the pressures of publication and an […]

April 5, 2018 - 3:44 pm
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