Retraction Watch

We have long (well, for the past two years) wondered about the pitfalls of publishing in one’s own journal, and here’s a case that illustrates precisely how fraught that practice can be.

The journal Microfluidics and Nanofluidics has retracted a 2010 article, titled “Induced-charge electrokinetic phenomena,” by Dongqing Li and Yasaman Daghighi, of the University of Waterloo in Canada, for what appears to be extensive misappropriation of text and data.

As the notice explains:

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Stable sorting

If you are sorting data… the entries in the target column that needs be sorted are called keys. If two rows have the same key you can decide how the remaining column entries are treated. Stable sorting lets you preserve the original relative ordering of non-key columns.  With the UNIX sort command, you can use

 $ cat data
1 2
1 1
2 4
2 3

 


$ cat data | sort -nk1,1
1 1
1 2
2 3
2 4

 


$ cat data | sort -nk1,1 -s
1 2
1 1
2 4
2 3
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Health Care Card and scholarships

I found it difficult to get a clear answer from Centrelink as to whether scholarships are included in the income assessment for a Low Income Health Care Card. The relevant information is summarised in the Guide to Social Security Law — for example, an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) is counted towards your total income for assessment purposes.

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