Pakistan’s polio plan needs global support

After a year of relative success, the polio eradication drive in Pakistan received a setback on Wednesday (January 13) when a blast near a polio vaccination centre in Quetta killed at least 15 people and injured nearly two dozen others. The Pakistani Taliban and Jundullah have claimed responsibility for the attack. In recent years, militants have … Continue reading Pakistan’s polio plan needs global support


Smokers die 10 years sooner

That smoking can cause up to two-thirds of deaths in current smokers in Australia has come out patently clear in a study of over 2,00,000 individuals aged over 45 years sampled from the general population of New South Wales. The Sax Institute’s 45 and Up study results were published on February 24 in the journal … Continue reading Smokers die 10 years sooner

Editorial: Open, Sesame

Published in The Hindu on November 3, 2012 If in 2004, Nucleic Acids Research made an overnight switch from being a subscription-based journal to an open access (OA) one, 10 years later high-energy physics as a field will make such a shift when nearly 90 per cent of papers published in a dozen journals will … Continue reading Editorial: Open, Sesame

Fake journal publishing flourishes in India

A scam of the most scholarly kind on the Internet — publishing “scientific papers” in fake open access journals (also called as predatory journals) — has become more insidious and grown tremendously in size. And tragically, India has singularly contributed to the cancerous growth of pseudo-science. “Open Access (OA) ‘predatory’ journals are now part of … Continue reading Fake journal publishing flourishes in India