Understanding RCUK’s Open Access Policies

Open AccessThe new open access publishing policy from Research Councils UK (RCUK) has left a lot of researchers–and publishers–scrambling. In a nutshell, any peer-reviewed research that receives funding from the Research Council must now be published in journals that are compliant with the RCUK Policy on Open Access. The policy aims to make it easier for UK institutions and researchers to publish in open access journals using the gold model.

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A wonderful animated video is available on the Wiley Open Access Blog, explaining how RCUK – funded authors can learn how to comply when publishing with Wiley’s OnlineOpen program.

Career Advice: Effective Networking Strategies

Networking is vital to landing job. In two thirds of the cases, an employer offers the job to someone they already know, i.e. a contact. Expanding on the topic of networking, Wiley Job Network recently hosted a webinar on “Effective Networking Strategies”, presented by Alaina Levine.

Alaina Levine is the president of Quantum Success Solutions, a public speaking and leadership training enterprise that provides consultation and workshops to corporate clients. In addition to this, Alaina Levine has written over 100 articles in local, regional and national newspapers on the topic of careers and career development.

In her latest Wiley webinar, Alaina shares with the audience her insights on effective networking. While some scientist may think of “networking” as a dirty word and beneath their lofty aspirations, Alaina points out an excellent motivation behind networking Continue reading

Why we may never know who created the Flame virus


Antivirus firms are warning that another computer worm has evaded their radar. Nicknamed Flame, it is described as one of the most complex viruses ever and has the power to cripple national infrastructure. But a full two years after the last major threat – Stuxnet – was discovered, its authors have still not been exposed, although new evidence suggests they work for US and Israeli intelligence (see “Obama ‘gave full backing to Stuxnet attack on Iran’”). So what chance is there of tracking down the creators of this latest threat? Continue reading