We don’t need fancy gadgets to improve our brain power.
When research and commerce become entangled, consumers are the losers.
Getting up close and personal with science has huge benefits – for the scientist, too.
There is mounting evidence to show scientists and researchers why public engagement is worth their while.
What are the implications of peer review on competition in science?
Peer review is a crucial part of the academic publication system. It is also a critical part of the hiring and evaluation process. What's the problem with peer review?
Sampling is a powerful scientific tool - when it’s used honestly.
Some water researchers are ignoring the evidence offered by sampling if it doesn't fit their preconceived notions. But science should always be honest and open.
Researchers at a fertility clinic in Athens appear to have reversed the menopause in a small group of women – but will the science stand up to scrutiny?
Professor Peter Higgs, joint winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.
The unavoidable regime of publication pervades contemporary academic life across the world. While presented as a virtuous thing, it can actually suffocate the academic profession.
Biomedical scientist Dong Pyou-Han was sentenced to 57 months in prison for falsifying data in HIV vaccine trials.
A number of high-profile cases in which academics have fabricated their data points to a much larger problem around scholarly misconduct.
Extra, extra! The embargo’s lifted, read all about it.
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Sometimes big research news bypasses the usual scientific publishing process. Here's why that's not good for scientists or the public.
Every academic journal article is rigorously screened by other experts in the field.
Peer review is not infallible, but it's central to how science works. In this extract from Peter Doherty's new book, The Knowledge Wars, he explains how it works in practice.
Open access allows users to download, copy, print and distribute works, without the need to ask for permission or to pay.
To the mark the eighth annual Open Access Week, we asked our readers what they wanted to know about the initiative. Here are their questions with answers from our experts.
Which of these researchers has fudged their results to get ahead?
Researchers who feel pressured to publish in high ranking journals are more likely to cut corners, or even commit academic fraud.
There are predators taking advantage of academics’ need to publish.
Why do predatory and vanity academic publishers and conferences exist? Why are they flourishing now? And what can they tell us about the failings of academia?
What? Eating chocolate doesn’t help lose weight? But I read it in the newspaper!
A recent hoax study suggesting chocolate helps people lose weight highlights many problems with the way science is conducted and reported by the media.
The call for a male author on a paper was met with outrage from within the scientific community and the general public.
Sexism still exists in science, but a recent scandal shows that progress is being made.
No really, it’s fine!
Sexist peer review case sheds light on the need to tackle gender and racial discrimination in universities.
Putting the power of the crowd to work could raise more money for scientific research.
New data reveals no evidence of gravitational waves in the early universe, as observed by the BICEP2 radio telescope (pictured) near the South Pole.
teffen Richter, Harvard University
One of this century’s greatest potential discoveries concerning the origins of the universe has now fallen to galactic dust. That’s according to a new joint-analysis of all the existing data – including…
Do all authors listed on any published work actually contribute to the research?
The research excellence of academics is often measured by the quantity and quality of their scholarly publications. But how do we know that all authors listed on a publication have actually been involved…
An artist’s conception of a of gamma ray burst.
Our understanding of gamma ray bursts (GRBs) – flashes of gamma rays from explosions in distant galaxies – since they were discovered more than 50 years ago may not be as solid as first thought. Research…
It’s the research that counts.
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