Reading Papers Efficiently with the Three-pass Approach

This blog post summarises the key points of the article How to Read a Paper by S. Keshav, in which he suggests a three-pass approach that he has applied to reading academic papers for many years. It may benefit beginning graduate students and novice researchers to cultivate a good habit of reading academic papers. Firstly,…

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Avoid Falling Prey to Predatory Journals 

Predatory journals  The emergence of predatory journals (fraudulent, deceptive, or pseudo-journals), journals with deceptive and dishonest practices, has been reported in recent years [1-4]. The journals falsely claim to be offering peer review and publish all articles, regardless of their research rigor, in exchange for a fee.   Predatory journals exploit the open-access model in which…

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Extensive updates of indexed journal list on Web of Science for research integrity assurance

Clarivate announced in March 2023 that over 50 journals have been delisted from the Web of Science Core Collection in their latest update. The delisted journals failed to meet their quality criteria during the selection review.  In the current selection practice, journals are evaluated by 28 criteria, including 24 quality criteria designed to select for…

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How to Identify and Avoid Disinformation and Misinformation

Disinformation or misinformation is not a new phenomenon and they could be found anywhere in our daily lives. They may not only affect us in economical or social aspects, but also in academic studies and scientific research. First of all, let’s see the definitions of both “disinformation” and “misinformation”: According to Saoirse and Bahareh (2020),…

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