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Cambridge University Press Bows to Chinese Censorship Pressure, Then Pivots

According to The Guardian, Cambridge University Press (CUP) “has been accused of being an accomplice to the Communist party’s bid to whitewash Chinese history after it agreed to purge hundreds of politically-sensitive articles from its Chinese website at the behest of Beijing’s censors.” It complied with a request to block more than 300 articles—which focus on topics such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, and ethnic tensions in Xinjiang and Tibet—from the China studies journal, The China Quarterly.

The Guardian continues, “[A]s reports of the publisher’s move spread, it faced a growing outcry from academics and activists who called for the decision to be reversed,” including accusations of selling its soul for Chinese government money.

For more information, read the article.

UPDATE: According to the BBC, “The Chinese had said that if CUP did not censor content, it would not be able to publish other material in China. [CUP] changed its mind after protests. In a petition published on Monday, academics from around the world spoke out against what they called China's attempts to 'export its censorship on topics that do not fit its preferred narrative'. Tim Pringle, editor of The China Quarterly, whose articles were blocked, welcomed the reversal.”

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Pearson Brings Duolingo to College Students

Pearson partnered with the Duolingo app to give college and university students more opportunities to learn foreign languages. Beginning this fall, Pearson will develop content for the app as well as courses that are aligned with Pearson’s e-textbooks and print materials. Initial language courses will cover Spanish, French, Italian, and German.

“Duolingo is already used in over 300,000 classrooms worldwide,” says Bob Meese, Duolingo’s VP of business. “With the curriculum expertise of Pearson and Duolingo’s gamified teaching methods, we hope this partnership sets a new standard for the future of higher education.”

For more information, read the press release.

ACS Debuts Proofing Portal

On Sept. 1, 2017, ACS (American Chemical Society) Publications will launch ACS Direct Correct, a proofing service designed to help researchers with the publishing process. With this service, proof corrections and comments can be entered directly into the copy-edited manuscript file so that authors can collaborate on corrections prior to publication of their paper. Other features include editing tools, visible change tracking, the ability to verify funder information, and reviews of supporting information. It allows authors to concentrate on the content of an article and less on the layout and other manuscript adjustments.

For more information, read the press release.

NA Publishing Plans Marxist-Socialist Newspaper Archive

NA Publishing, Inc. announced Left of Liberalism: Marxist-Socialist Newspapers, 1900-2015, a forthcoming digital collection of English-language periodicals. It will upgrade access to 141 Marxist and Socialist newspapers that were originally hosted by the Marxists Internet Archive. The collection will be fully searchable thanks to the optical character recognition (OCR) work NA Publishing is performing on each newspaper, including The Daily Worker (1923–1958), The Liberator (1918–1924), and The Communist (1926–1945). A trial version featuring about 25% of the collection will be available in November 2017, with the archive expected to be completed by Q3 2018.

For more information, read the press release.

IFLA Starts Next Round of Global Vision Discussion

The online voting platform is now open for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Global Vision discussion. Library stakeholders can vote on six key questions designed to create a global library road map for the future. IFLA has already hosted six regional workshops for the Global Vision discussion, and representatives from nearly 140 countries have shared their opinions. Voting options are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. The platform will close on Sept. 30, 2017.

For more information, read the press release.



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