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EU unveils Horizon 2020 two-year work programme

The European Commission is to invest almost €16 billion (US$18 billion) in research and innovation in 2016 and 2017 under its Horizon 2020 programme, it was announced last Tuesday.

It follows the adoption of a new 'Work Programme' for those two years, covering nearly 600 topics. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley and Jan Petter Myklebust, 14 October 2015 Issue No:386

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Study finds that long-term research collaborators see more citations | Inside Higher Ed

Study finds that long-term research collaborators see more citations | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In an age when research teams can run into hundreds or even thousands of people, the idea of an academic double act may seem rather quaint.

But the benefits of finding a long-term research collaborator should not be ignored, according to a study that says those with a scholarly “life partner” enjoy more acclaimed careers. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Jack Grove for Times Higher Education, October 9 2015

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[Denmark] Scientific impact of EU projects is ‘outstanding’

[Denmark] Scientific impact of EU projects is ‘outstanding’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The scientific impact of Danish publications linked to the European Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes is “outstanding”, according to a ministry report.

For universities and research and technology, or GTS, institutes the effects of participating in the European Union framework programmes were “considerable” regarding building European networks and funding of activities. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust,
09 October 2015 Issue No:385

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Mistakes found in paper that identified retraction-error link

Mistakes found in paper that identified retraction-error link | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite the ironic slips, article sheds light on how journals can tackle flawed science (...) - Time Higher Education, by David Matthews, October 8 2015

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Policy matters: transparency is rarely a bad thing

Transparency is relevant to every policy areas, from how scientific advice is used--or whether it is used at all--to how research impact is defined (...) - EuroScientist Webzine, by Arran Frood, 07/10/2015

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[China] Academics and students march in Hong Kong against 'Beijing crackdown'

[China] Academics and students march in Hong Kong against 'Beijing crackdown' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

More than 1,000 join silent protest after university council blocks appointment of professor with ties to umbrella movement (...) - The Guardian, Tom Philips, 6 Octobre 2015

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MIT and Imperial launch seed fund to support ‘risky’ research

MIT and Imperial launch seed fund to support ‘risky’ research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Money to be set aside for ‘blue skies’ fundamental research.

 

Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in supporting “risky” research that might otherwise not be funded.

The two institutions will initially contribute $300,000 (£200,000) to spark collaborations between their academics, and have said they will invest more if the fund succeeds.

The MIT-Imperial College London Seed Fund will cover small-scale experiments that are “early-stage, risky and ‘blue skies’”, an announcement from Imperial said today. (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, October 5 2015

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Study finds eightfold rise in ‘predatory’ journal papers

Study finds eightfold rise in ‘predatory’ journal papers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Majority of academics publishing in journals with lax peer review are from Asia, study concludes (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, October 1, 2105

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Progressive Science Institute challenges researcher ‘bias’

Progressive Science Institute challenges researcher ‘bias’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Inspired by previous movement in 1960s, PhD students say that ‘science is not neutral’ and urge scientists to confront their assumptions (...) - THE, by David Matthews, September 28, 2015

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[UK] Universities ‘decline charity research grants due to fall in public funding’

[UK] Universities ‘decline charity research grants due to fall in public funding’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Charities blame widening gap between their grants and full costs of research (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, September 24 2015

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Study suggests large collaborative science teams don't make the impact some expect them to

Study suggests large collaborative science teams don't make the impact some expect them to | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Most science is collaborative on some level, and an increasing number of colleges and universities and other kinds of institutions are investing in large-scale group science efforts. But are bigger teams really better? A new paper suggests that, when it comes to team science, teams shouldn't get too big, but they should be multinational to have a bigger impact. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, September 21, 2015

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Integration of social science into research is crucial

Social scientists must be allowed a full, collaborative role if researchers are to understand and engage with issues that concern the public, says Ana Viseu. (...) - Nature, by Ana Viseu, 16 September 2015

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[UK] The budget-cutters are coming - and research has no place to hide

[UK] The budget-cutters are coming - and research has no place to hide | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ringfencing has protected research and science from waves of cuts, but the current spending review looks set to change all that (...) - The Guardian, by Mark Leach, 14 September 2015

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Social network overload ‘wastes academics’ time’

Social network overload ‘wastes academics’ time’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sheer number of online profiles to be filled out a ‘disservice’ to scholars, Amsterdam conference hears (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, October 12 2015

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Open Access Without Tears

Open Access Without Tears | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Let’s say you’re an academic who needs to develop a record of scholarship, either because you are up for tenure, you hope someday to be in a secure academic job, or you need to bring in grant dollars to support the research you do.(...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Barbara Fischer, October 8 2015

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NSF peer review remains target for Congress

NSF peer review remains target for Congress | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

House science panel again defines what research is in the national interest.

 

Republican legislators today reiterated their distrust of the National Science Foundation (NSF), with the science committee for the U.S. House of Representatives approving legislation that would tighten its oversight of NSF’s merit-review process. The vote is the latest twist in a bitter fight between many House Republicans and the U.S. scientific establishment over the rules of engagement on federal funding for research. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 8 October 2015

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Don't let politicians drive a wedge between teaching and research

Don't let politicians drive a wedge between teaching and research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Teaching Excellence Framework has prompted talk of a university ‘apartheid’, but it’s a false dichotomy (...) - The Guardian, by Paul Boyle, 7 October 2015

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Scientific communities: Build your own

Scientific communities: Build your own | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Learned societies and online platforms can be great ways to develop a mutually beneficial network, say panellists at the 2015 Naturejobs Career Expo in London. (...) - Naturejobs, by Julie Gould & guest contributor Paul Brack, 07 October 2015
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What is an Academic Journal?

What is an Academic Journal? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

We spend much time these days wondering when the academic journal as we know it will cease to exist. Opinions on the future of journals vary widely. There are those who say it will live forever and others who see the journal as an ugly reminder of the sins of big publishers – exploitative vehicles for dragging a profit from those who can’t afford to pay. (...) - the scholarly kitchen, by Robert Harington, october 6 2015

 

 

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Research is not the only path to academic success

Research is not the only path to academic success | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

xCo-founder of investment firm says that more early career academics should be encouraged to think about the entrepreneurial route. (...) - Times Higher Education, by John Elmes, October 1, 2015

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Science must prepare for impact

To maintain public support, researchers need to be able to adapt to the rapidly changing needs of society and politicians, warns Guy Poppy. (...) - Nature, by Guy Poppy, 30 September 2015

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The Global Gold Open Access "Flip": A Realistic Plan or Magical Thinking?

The Global Gold Open Access "Flip": A Realistic Plan or Magical Thinking? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Is a flip to a Gold OA world as easy as a recent paper suggests?

 

As long as there has been open access (OA), there has been talk of a global “flip” of research journals away from the subscription business model. The difficulties in coordinating an enormous number of stakeholders with different interests have continued to make this unlikely. However, a recent paper from the Max Planck Digital Library claiming that, “An internationally concerted shifting of subscription budgets is possible at no financial risk, maybe even at lower overall costs,” has once again fueled talk of a flip. Has this paper discovered a golden ticket to global OA sustainability, or is it based on flawed assumptions? (...) - the scholarly kitchen, by David Crotty, Sep 24, 2015

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‘Overflow’ of new research ‘erodes trust between scientists’

‘Overflow’ of new research ‘erodes trust between scientists’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Peer review system ‘lacks capacity’ to deal with ‘flood’ of new papers, meaning some could be unjustly dismissed (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, September 24, 2015

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[Europe] 150 shortlisted for EC’s science advisory group

More than 150 names have been put forward for membership of the high level group of scientific advisors being created under a new system for providing independent scientific advice in European Commission, or EC, policy-making. (...)  - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 19 September 2015 Issue No:382

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Interdisciplinary research by the numbers

Interdisciplinary research by the numbers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
An analysis reveals the extent and impact of research that bridges disciplines.

 

Interdisciplinary work is considered crucial by scientists, policymakers and funders — but how widespread is it really, and what impact does it have? Scholars say that the concept is complex to define and measure, but efforts to map papers by the disciplines of the journals they appear in and by their citation patterns are — tentatively — revealing the growth and influence of interdisciplinary research. (...) - Nature, by Richard Van Noorden, 16 September 2015

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