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Daily Archives: September 16, 2015

ScienceOpen Hits the 10 Million Article Mark

PR Newswire: “ScienceOpen, the research + open access publishing network, has added article records from more than 10 million scientific publications. Researchers can now filter published content by the number of citations and monitor the relevance and impact of recent scientific results by tracking social media mentions. Over 20,000 scholarly journals are currently published worldwide. At this volume, researchers need a reliable overview of trends in their discipline. ScienceOpen has exponentially grown its database to allow scientists to more easily navigate, search and comment on scientific articles. To enhance discoverability, each research article page provides recommendations for related articles regardless of publisher. This function has long been common to consumer platforms but ScienceOpen is one of the first to bring this feature to the research community. The new ScienceOpen release is the next step in creating an independent, open database which contains references and citation information for current global research in all disciplines. The citation count of an article helps to quantify the influence of research and those who performed it. To support search and discovery, ScienceOpen has begun building the first openly and freely available citation index. This was achieved by tracking the references of the nearly 2 million Open Access articles on the site. The new release of the ScienceOpen platform displays the relative citation count, all the citing articles, and their own citations. Researchers can now filter all content based on a wide range of options including citations, journal, publisher, date and other bibliometric data. Moreover, scientists can track in real time the social media coverage of articles in Twitter, Google+, Mendeley and other social networks.”

  • “ScienceOpen is a freely accessible research network to share and evaluate scientific information. We aggregate Open Access articles from a variety of sources – opening them up to commenting and discussion. Manuscripts submitted to ScienceOpen will be published Open Access and evaluated in a fully transparent Post-Publication Peer Review process.”

Challenges in Interpreting Treaty and Customary International Law in the United States

Helfman, Tara, The Dread Pirate Who? Challenges in Interpreting Treaty and Customary International Law in the United States (September 14, 2015). Tulane Law Review, Vol. 90, 2016 Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: “Since 2009 the prohibition of piracy, one of the most ancient norms of customary international law, has been giving rise to… Continue Reading

Report – The True Cost of Incarceration on Families

Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families proves that the costs of locking up millions of people in jail cells is much deeper than we think – when we lock up individuals we also break apart their families and communities. This new report reveals the overwhelming debt, mental and physical ailments and severed family… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – American Red Cross, Child Welfare, Diplomatic Security, Federal User Fees, Positive Train Control, State Health Insurance Marketplaces, Wildland Fire Management

American Red Cross: Disaster Assistance Would Benefit from Oversight through Regular Federal Evaluation, GAO-15-565: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2015. Child Welfare: Steps Have Been Taken to Address Unregulated Custody Transfers of Adopted Children, GAO-15-733: Published: Sep 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2015. Diplomatic Security: Options for Locating a Consolidated Training… Continue Reading

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025

Via FAS – Secrecy News: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025 (Roy Kamphausen and David Lai, eds.), published July 2015 by the Strategic Studies Institute and the US Army War College Press. “China’s military research and development program is organized around 16 “national megaprojects” that are intended to advance and transform that country’s capabilities… Continue Reading

Opportunities Exist to Enhance Management Controls Over CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database

OIG – Board of Governor’s of the Federal Reserve – CFPB Report: 2015-FMIC-C-016 September 10, 2015 “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) publicly discloses certain consumer complaint data through its Consumer Complaint Database, which is available on its website. Our audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the CFPB’s controls over the accuracy and completeness of… Continue Reading

Executive Order – Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People

Executive Order – Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People, September 15, 2015: “A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to… Continue Reading

Investigative Reporting – Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels’ Role in Global Warming Decades Ago

“After eight months of investigation, InsideClimate News presents this multi-part history of Exxon’s engagement with the emerging science of climate change. The story spans four decades, and is based on primary sources including internal company files dating back to the late 1970s, interviews with former company employees, and other evidence, much of which is being… Continue Reading

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014

“The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2014, there was no statistically significant change from 2013 in either real median household income or the official poverty rate. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage declined. Unless otherwise noted, the following results for the nation were compiled from information collected… Continue Reading