Another day, another report of a junk science article published by China-based publisher Scientific Research Publishing, or SCIRP. This publisher specializes in publishing junk cosmology and junk physics, but with this article, the publisher is branching out into junk medical science, specifically AIDS denialism.
The article is entitled “Basic Principles Underlying Human Physiology” [1], and you don’t have to be a scientist to know that it’s junk, for it is a manifestation of AIDS denialism. The conclusion’s first paragraph says,

HIV is not etiologically involved in AIDS. It is just a common retrovirus found in AIDS conjuncturally. There is only AIDS that may not be strictly associated neither to a primary immune deficiency nor to an acquired immune deficiency. Actually, heart failure represents the causal factor of AIDS and many other “primary” immune deficiencies (p. 1821). (more…)

Soudien on Libraries and Revolution

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Crain Soudien addressing LISC Conference attendees

It’s crucial for the South African university to bring itself to acknowledge that there is “outstanding business, business that is not even on the agenda” in terms of excluded knowledge systems, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Crain Soudien argued in an address about how a university should position itself in the information age.

Libraries were at the heart of this dilemma, he told delegates at LISC 75, the Library and Information Studies Centre’s 75 years commemoration conference on 27 November.“How you begin to project this information revolution is not only about big data, but also about big data that we’ve lost and never come to terms with. So you, as the frontline in some ways, of how information is come to, are in a pivotal position. I really appeal to you to help us become better at what we are doing.” (more…)

Tuesday 25 November saw the commencement of the much anticipated Wiley author workshop, with attendees streaming inDSC_0516 (2) from across the Cape. Aimed at Researchers, the workshop focused on the dangers and the difficulties of getting published. Associate marketing director, Kate Smith, gave an overview of how Wiley serves the wider research community through the latest innovations to their Online Library. This was followed by Journals Publishing Manager, Peter Creaton, who addressed attendees on the process of publication, providing helpful insights into the publishing world. Finally, Associate Director Jill Hawthorne, spoke about Wiley’s stance with regard to new initiatives in Open Access and Altmetrics.

See the presentations below:

Karen Smith:


Peter Creaton:


Jill Hawthorne: