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A researcher buried in records requests can’t attend to actual science. Man image via www.shutterstock.com

Activists misuse open records requests to harass researchers

Some activists use open records requests to bully researchers – distracting them from their actual work and silencing others who don't want to draw attention.
Cooperation among scientific disciplines still requires individual experts in their fields. Sharon & Nikki McCutcheon/Flickr

Science in silos isn’t such a bad thing

Interdisciplinary research is a lofty ideal, but the realities of how science is conducted mean that silos should not be so quickly dismissed.
Our research metrics have been twisted from their original purpose to determine quality. NessieNoodle/Flickr

Our obsession with metrics is corrupting science

Metrics are changing the way research is conducted and funded, and for the worse. They need to be radically revised to measure genuine scientific output.
Academic publishers are attempting to build a walled garden around their content, blocking it off from public eyes. the.Firebottle/Flickr

Publisher pushback puts open access in peril

A new policy by publisher Elsevier is threatening to wind back the gains made by the open access movement.
Facilities funded under NCRIS, such as the Murchison Widefield Array, will continue to be supported under this budget. Natasha Hurley-Walker/Wikimedia

Budget brief: how does science and research funding fare?

The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and Future Fellowships schemes have won a reprieve in this year's budget.
Current research metrics only reward publishing in academic journals and effectively punish publishing in the popular press. Tobias von der Haar/Flickr

We need to stop punishing scientists for talking to the public

If we want scientists to spent time sharing their discoveries with the general public, then we need to change research metrics to reward them for their efforts.

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