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Dec 5 2013
UK research is being conceived by the UK Government as if it were primarily an investment in the journal publishing industry rather than in research productivity and impact, argues Stevan Harnad. Since the new UK open access policy was announced, … Continue reading
Posted by: December 5, 2013
Nov 23 2013
10 Billion aims to take a dramatic look at the challenges we face today, from over-population to energy wars, to melting ice caps to civil conflict, presented in an eye-catching infographic style. Stephen Emmott has attempted to obtain reach and for all the criticism … Continue reading
Posted by: November 23, 2013
Nov 21 2013
A more inclusive approach to citizen engagement methods will strengthen policy-making and its underpinning evidence.
For just under a decade, a significant experiment in citizen participation in government has been taking place in the shape of Sciencewise. In recent years, the agency has not only survived a change of Government, but – according to Helen Pallett … Continue reading
Posted by: November 21, 2013
Nov 20 2013
When viewed in the broader context of late modernity, responses to the increasingly frenetic academic workload can be more clearly understood, argues Filip Vostal. Rather than choosing between the regressive ethic of slow scholarship on the one hand, or the time management … Continue reading
Posted by: November 20, 2013
Nov 14 2013
The Wellcome Trust funds its first open access monograph, helping medical humanities reach wider audiences.
The Wellcome Trust requires that research outputs which arise from their funding are made available in open access formats. This policy notably includes scholarly monographs. Today marks the first day where that policy has been put into practice with an open … Continue reading
Posted by: November 14, 2013
Nov 13 2013
The Matthew effect and REF 2014: Funding disparities between UK universities may cause greater strains over time.
As the submission deadline for REF2014 draws nearer, there is a need to reflect on how the subsequent allocation of funding will affect the UK research environment. Dorothy Bishop argues that the rumoured funding formula would dramatically increase the gulf … Continue reading
Posted by: November 13, 2013
Nov 11 2013
Five recommendations for maximising the relevance of social science research for policy-making in the big data era
The quantity and influence of generalisable data presents challenges and opportunities for public policy making. Helen Margetts discusses how social scientists can help policy-makers in this changed environment, ensuring that social science research remains relevant, and warns that social science … Continue reading
Posted by: November 11, 2013
Nov 9 2013
Impact Round Up 9 November: #solo13, Science on the Web, Big Data, and the history of the decline of Wikipedia.
Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, academic impact, and trends in scholarly communication. SpotOn London 2013, the two-day conference hosted by Nature Publishing Group takes place this weekend covering a … Continue reading
Posted by: November 9, 2013
Nov 5 2013
A replicated study on nuclear proliferation shows the critical necessity of reviewing accepted scientific results.
In replicating a 2009 study on the role of asymmetric nuclear weapons possession, Mark Bell and Nicholas Miller found that a computational error led to the overestimation of the deterrent effect of nuclear weapons by a factor of several million. It is … Continue reading
Posted by: November 5, 2013
Oct 29 2013
Writing Across Boundaries: An opportunity for researchers to reflect on the process and anxiety of academic writing.
The process of writing-up one’s fieldwork data can be daunting for even the most seasoned researcher. Bob Simpson and Robin Humphrey discuss the Writing Across Boundaries initiative, which is aimed at supporting early career researchers who are seeking to engage … Continue reading
Posted by: October 29, 2013