Category Archives: Leadership / Management

Journal articles relating to leadership and management

[Feature] How to hijack a journal

Science 20 November 2015:   Vol. 350 no. 6263 pp. 903-905
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6263.903

According to a tip sent to Science, fraudsters are snatching entire Web addresses, known as Internet domains, right out from under academic publishers, erecting fake versions of their sites, and hijacking their journals, along with their Web traffic. Website spoofing has been around since the rise of Internet search engines, but it’s only in the past few years that scholarly journals have been targeted. The usual method is to build a convincing version of a website at a similar address— rather than—and then drive Web traffic to the fake site. But snatching the official domain is an insidious twist: Unsuspecting visitors who log into the hijacked journal sites might give away passwords or money as they try to pay subscriptions or article processing fees. Science‘s investigation confirmed that this scam is real, identifying 24 recently snatched journal domains, and revealed how the hijackers are likely doing it—the author even snatched the domain of a journal for a day to show how easy the method is. “Other businesses invest heavily in cybersecurity, and scholarly journals will necessarily need to follow,” warns Phil Davis, a former university librarian who is now a consultant in the scholarly publishing industry. “There is a lot more than just money at stake. Reputations and trust are on the line.”

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New book in the library collection – Miscarriages of justice

Miscarriages of justice: criminal appeals and the rule of law in Australia (2015) / Bibi Sangha & Robert N. Moles

The authors identify a fundamental flaw that lies at the heart of the Australian criminal justice system: an inconsistency between what constitutes a miscarriage of justice under substantive law against what constitutes a miscarriage of justice under procedural law. By examining the problematic nature of the criminal appeal rights in Australia, Sangha and Moles argue that the existing system does not comply with the rule of law provisions or Australia’s international human rights obligations.

South Australia has introduced a new statutory right of appeal and Tasmania is considering doing the same. This represents the first substantive change to the criminal appeal rights in Australia in 100 years.

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Down on the [body] farm

Popular Science November 2015 Anna Denejkina

Australia will soon open its first taphonomic research centre, where bodies will be left in the open (and other places) so we can study how they decay.

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Naegleria fowleri in water

Water Research Australia 6 Nov 2015

On the evening on Monday 9 November, the ABC’s ‘Australian Story’ program is scheduled to run a story about the tragic death of a child on a farm in Queensland, most likely due to the child becoming infected with the protozoan parasite Naegleria fowleri . Naegleria fowleri is known to be waterborne pathogen. Because of this, It is possible that there may be media enquiries as to whether Naegleria fowleri presents an unacceptable risk to drinking water supplies across Australia.

WaterRA, together with WSAA, has enlisted the help of a number of water quality experts to produce a fact sheet that summarises our current knowledge on this organism The Department of Health Queensland has also recently prepared a  Q & A sheet on Naegleria fowleri.
Further information on opportunistic pathogens in the distribution system is available in WaterRA/CRC Report No. 79 ‘Understanding the Growth of Opportunistic Pathogens within Distribution Systems’.

[In Depth] Crisis manager with 194 bosses

Science 30 October 2015:  Vol. 350 no. 6260 p. 495
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6260.495

As director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan is often ranked among the most powerful women in the world. But her agency appeared to be powerless to stop a devastating epidemic of Ebola last year. Critics have slammed WHO’s performance, and reviews have called for drastic reforms (Science, 17 July, p. 223). Chan is used to crises; as director of health in Hong Kong, China, she fought devastating outbreaks of bird flu and SARS before taking WHO’s top job in 2006. Science talked to Chan on 10 October in Berlin, Germany, where she spoke about the lessons from Ebola and the dangers of antimicrobial resistance at a meeting of the G7 health ministers. Chan complained that many countries were not serious about managing the WHO and she said she was determined to push through reform of the organization: “I only have 21 months,” she said. Author: Kai Kupferschmidt

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New CLSI document – QMS16 Laboratory Personnel Management

QMS16-Ed1: Laboratory Personnel Management, 1st ed. (2015)

This guideline describes the process for meeting the regulatory and accreditation requirements of personnel management in the laboratory environment. This guideline offers suggestions and examples on managing the processes required for laboratory personnel to fully achieve laboratory management’s operational and quality goals.

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New CLSI document – QMS11-Ed2: Nonconforming Event Management

QMS11-Ed2: Nonconforming Event Management –  2nd Edition (2015)

Grounded in the principles of quality management, risk management, and patient safety, this guideline provides an outline and content for developing a program to manage a laboratory’s nonconforming events.

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