Academic metrics are only problematic if they're poorly implemented. If they're used carefully, they can be a powerful tool to allow talent to rise to the top.
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.
Another retracted paper in the social sciences underscores the need for greater vigilance and reflection upon the causes of scientific fraud.
Australian scientists are listened to by government and business, but must do more to ensure their advice and work contributes to a stronger future for Australia.
A new policy by publisher Elsevier is threatening to wind back the gains made by the open access movement.
The federal government's 2015 budget has done little to restore confidence in the government's support for science in Australia.
Science communication and outreach can be motivated in ways other than reforming research funding bodies.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and Future Fellowships schemes have won a reprieve in this year's budget.
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.
If science wants to maintain funding it needs to be more socially relevant, but that will require reforming the metrics we use to judge its success.
South African scientists and scholars produce the most significant portion of Africa’s recognised research publications.
Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have pledged to do as much as retain the current level of funding in their manifestos, despite their enthusiastic comments about science in the UK.
One way to protect researchers from funding cuts in May's budget is to make sure they explain the importance of their work to a wider audience.
The government's announcement of a national science strategy is good for Australia, particularly for promoting engagement between science and industry.
Science and research were not at the front of the political debate in 2010. So how has science funding fared under the coalition government?
Why not let scientists vote for who they think should get grant funding for their research?
With future funding for science and research by the federal government still unclear, can the states play a role?
The Future Fellowships scheme is a great success. Scrapping it would hurt Australia's future as a smart nation.
Scrapping the ARC Future Fellowships scheme would have a significant impact on the Australian research community, with knock-on effects for innovation, the economy, and society at large.
Science matters and is important for Australia's future but there is evidence mounting that we are falling behind the rest of the world.