Expectations that academics raise funds themselves and aim to publish in certain ‘quality’ publications are shaping research and where it is published.
Philosopher Peter Singer has helped launch a new, pseudonymous journal for the discussion of unpopular views. Will this be a boon for free inquiry, or a way for researchers to shirk responsibility?
Mainstream academic publishing presents many obstacles to Indigenous authors, especially the conventional peer review process — but there are ways to overcome this.
If what you’re reading seems too good to be true, it just might be.
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Whenever you hear about a new bit of science news, these suggestions will help you assess whether it’s more fact or fiction.
Hip-hop professor A.D. Carson.
Can college professors rap their way into academic publishing? One professor makes an album to prove they can.
Trump doesn’t just ignore science, he attacks it. Australia’s experts have an obligation to speak out on crises such as the coronavirus pandemic, even if it means picking a side in our politics.
The gravitational pull of global rankings consumes university energy and attention. But there had to be a better way to measure their value.
Network of Covid-19 projects on the JOGL platform.
Individually, we are all helpless in the face of the coronavirus crisis. A global collaborative boom is changing the way science is done.
For now, it’s going to be trickier for the University of California community to access some academic journals.
The UC libraries let their Elsevier journal subscriptions lapse and now the publisher has cut their online access. It’s a painful milestone in the fight UC hopes may transform how journals get paid.
Open access journals come with hidden costs.
An urgent discussion is needed around the cost of research publications.
Often students plagiarise because they don’t understand how to write in an academic setting.
These programmes allow institutions to claim they’re doing something without really tackling the issues that lead students to plagiarise.
Libraries subscribe digitally to academic journals – and are left with nothing in the stacks when the contract expires.
Digital publishing hasn’t resulted in the free and open access to information many envisioned. Universities are increasingly fed up with a system they see as charging them for their own scholars’ labor.
Recent hoax papers in humanities don’t show what they claim, but need to be taken seriously.
It’s hard work, but reading scientific literature can be very valuable.
Scientific articles are the way in which scientists communicate their results to their peers.
Surely a socialist.
Politicians on the right surely wipe with their left hand; and vice versa?
It may take time for a tiny step forward to show its worth.
Scientists are rewarded with funding and publications when they come up with innovative findings. But in the midst of a ‘reproducibility crisis,’ being new isn’t the only thing to value about research.
Predatory publishers are vultures feeding on academics’ worries about output and incentives.
If there’s a general sense that academic publication is about knowledge dissemination rather than meeting performance targets, academics and universities become less vulnerable to predatory journals.
Locking articles away behind a paywall stifles access.
In our institutions of higher education and our research labs, scholars first produce, then buy back, their own content. With the costs rising and access restricted, something’s got to give.
Data shows gender disparities in networking.
The low share of women revealed in this data is problematic for two reasons: a lack of diversity, and what it shows about women’s participation in the social network of informal collaboration.
Research must be carefully scrutinised by peer reviewers to ensure its veracity.
Scientific truth is based on a body of research which has been tried and tested by many researchers over time. Peer review filters the good science from the bad.