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Reviewer anonymity: a hindrance to self-correction in science?

Reviewer anonymity: a hindrance to self-correction in science? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Reproducibility and replicability: two means to reach a better oppennes of scientific data.

 

Pre-publication registration, post-publication peer-review, greater data openness; all these factors form a long list of potential solutions heralded as capable of improving study reproducibility and replicability in science. Though not everyone agrees, the world of scholarly publishing is in full debate mode. For example, intense discussions took place at the recent Royal Society meeting in the UK on the future of scientific scholarly publishing. A second meeting scheduled in Mayon the same theme will tackle reproducibility as one of its key focus points. (...) - EuroScientist Webzine, par Sabine Louët, 29 April 2015

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Open access "lobby" attacks Elsevier

Open access "lobby" attacks Elsevier | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Academic, library and technology organisations are denouncing a new sharing and hosting policy adopted last month by publisher Elsevier, saying it undermines open access policies at universities and prevents authors from sharing their work.


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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, May 27, 2015 10:44 AM
Alicia WISE may pretend being surprised by the reaction of "the Open Access Lobby", the new Elsevier policy is meant to intimidate researchers and to combat the rise of institutional repositories which are, from now on, unavoidable, mind her.
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MIT Report Sees 'Future Postponed' in Basic Research

MIT Report Sees 'Future Postponed' in Basic Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A report being released today by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology examines the lost opportunities for science and for U.S. competitiveness vs. other nations due to inadequate federal support for basic research. "The Future Postponed: Why Declining Investment in Basic Research Threatens a U.S. Innovation Deficit" explores a range of scientific issues and illustrates how funding has become more difficult to find. (...) - InsideHigherEd, April 27, 2015

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[Germany] Researchers welcome €5 billion science funding boost

Germany’s ruling political parties have agreed to plough €5 billion (US$5.4 billion) more into science from 2018 to 2028. The deal, announced on 16 April, is not a government commitment, but it is a strong indication that the country will continue its healthy support for scientific research, writes Quirin Schiermeier for Nature. (...)  - University World News, 24 April 2015

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Canadian budget pushes applied research

Canadian budget pushes applied research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Plan seeks to increase government partnerships with industry but downplays basic science. (..) - Nature, by Margaret Munro, 22 April 2015

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European commission leader plans to push international and gender diversity to promote research

European commission leader plans to push international and gender diversity to promote research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Gender Balance and Research Excellence

 

Improving “gender balance” in research to help drive up the quality of work produced is among the top priorities for the European Union’s new commissioner for research, science and innovation.

Carlos Moedas outlined his plans for the post, including a new visa program for researchers from countries outside the E.U., at the European University Association’s annual conference in Antwerp, Belgium. (...) - InsideHigherEd, by Holly Else for Times Higher Education, April 23, 2015

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Study suggests STEM faculty hiring favors women over men

Study suggests STEM faculty hiring favors women over men | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many studies suggest that women scientists aspiring to careers in academe face roadblocks, including bias -- implicit or overt -- in hiring. But a new study is throwing a curveball into the literature, suggesting that women candidates are favored 2 to 1 over men for tenure-track positions in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Could it be that STEM gender diversity and bias awareness efforts are working, or even creating a preference for female candidates -- or is something more nuanced going on? Experts say it’s probably both. (...) - InsideHigherEd, by Colleen Flaherty, April 14, 2015

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[Sweden] Government signals boost for women and research

The government has signalled that it intends to increase the level of research funding, boost career opportunities for women and young researchers, and establish a new quality assurance system.

“Higher education, research and innovation are prioritised, and it is time to start respecting that research is a long-term activity,” said the Minister of Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson and Member of Parliament and the Committee for Education Gunilla Svantorp. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 10 April 2015 Issue No:362

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I'm a mother but I can still do serious research

I'm a mother but I can still do serious research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

After becoming a mum, my time-management and productivity were scrutinised like never before. Actually, being a parent has given me a new drive to succeed. (...) - The Guardian, 9 April 2015

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[Madagascar] Les chercheurs lancent un appel de détresse

[Madagascar] Les chercheurs lancent un appel de détresse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les enseignants-chercheurs et chercheurs-enseignants travaillent d’arrache-pied pour développer le pays. Leurs qualités et leurs performances sont limitées faute de moyen. (...) - L'Express de Madagascar, 08/04/2015

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Open Licenses for Science

Data, computer code and manuscripts are the produce of scientific work. It is what we make. Nowadays, people claim that all of it has to be open access or open source. But what is that all about? (...) - by Florian D. Schneider, 01 March 2015


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Interesting and useful article about #licencing and #openlicence in science

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Data visualization: Science on the map

Data visualization: Science on the map | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Easy-to-use mapping tools give researchers the power to create beautiful visualizations of geographic data. (...) - Nature, by Mark Zastrow, 04 March 2015


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Data visualization is a critical issue in science and science communication. Several digital tools help researchers to create #dataviz for greographic datasets #scicom

Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, December 26, 2015 2:47 AM

DONT BE AFRAID OF DATA ANALYSIS TASKS

"Even researchers who would rather not touch a line of code can accomplish a lot with the help of CartoDB and TileMill. “You don't have to be particularly technically competent,” says Gawne, who produced the Tibetan-language maps for her thesis in TileMill and now teaches mapping workshops herself!.

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U.K. government scientists hit with media restrictions

U.K. government scientists hit with media restrictions | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Change to Civil Service Code requires ministerial permission for media contact.

Advocates for science communication in the United Kingdom have expressed “deep concern” about a change to the Civil Service Code for public workers, including researchers at government agencies. The three-sentence addition, put into place on 16 March, requires that all contact with media be approved in advance by the minister in charge of the relevant agency. (...) - Science, by Erik Stokstad, 27 March 2015

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Tenure-track: Women have the advantage

Tenure-track: Women have the advantage | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Women have a 2:1 advantage over men when applying for tenure-track roles in mathematically intensive subjects in academia. (...) - Naturejobs Blog, by Julie Gould, 29 April 2015

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China’s scientific progress hinges on access to data

It is getting harder for scientists in China to obtain the high-quality public data that they need for important research studies, says Zheng Wan. (...) - Nature, par Zheng Wan, 28 April 2015

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Crowdfunding could be a simple way to pay for science research

Crowdfunding could be a simple way to pay for science research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Crowdfunding may be the best way to meet the costs of scientific research and garner greater awareness of scientific priorities. (...) - Startup smart, by Maksym Sich, 15 April 2015


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Two critical issues appear in the field of scientific research: find more funding and be more close to citizen. Crowd funding is able to solve both points by providing new source of funding and opening science projects. Moreover science crowdfunding open also the possibility to involve directly citizen in research project through citizen science and e-health 

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Two critical issues appear in the field of scientific research: find more funding and be more close to citizen. Crowd funding is able to solve both points by providing new source of funding and opening science projects. Moreover science crowdfunding open also the possibility to involve directly citizen in research project through citizen science and e-health 

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Université marocaine : Promouvoir la recherche scientifique au sein des Labos

Université marocaine : Promouvoir la recherche scientifique au sein des Labos | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

«La recherche scientifique, une clé de voûte du développement de l'université marocaine», Lahcen Daoudi qui s'exprimait lors de la séance inaugurale d'une rencontre sur la recherche scientifique initiée par la Faculté des sciences et techniques d'Errachidia (...) LE MATIN.ma, 24/04/2015

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Maximizing the Impact of Research - An Interview with Deborah Hardoon of Oxfam

Demonstrating the value of scholarly research is increasingly critical to academic success. This interview with Oxfam's Deborah Hardoon shows that there's much we can learn from organizations outs... (...) - the scholarly kitchen, by Alice Meadows, April 23, 2015

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Controversy awaits as House Republicans roll out long-awaited bill to revamp U.S. research policy

Controversy awaits as House Republicans roll out long-awaited bill to revamp U.S. research policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
New America COMPETES Act includes host of proposed changes

 

The science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step today in its 2-year effort to reshape federal research policy, introducing a long-awaited and controversial bill that covers the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), research at the Department of Energy (DOE), and federal science education policy. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis & David Malakoff, 15 April 2015

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University leaders gather to debate impact of research on society

University leaders gather to debate impact of research on society | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Around 400 university leaders and representatives from the European higher education sector will gather on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April 2015 at the Annual Conference of the European University Association (EUA). The conference – entitled “European Universities in Research and Innovation: People, Policies and Partnerships” – will explore the role of research and innovation [...] - EU Reporter, April 13, 2015

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[Belgique] Une science qui mérite mieux que le mépris

"On ne peut tenir indéfiniment un double discours. D’un côté, la célébration de la recherche fondamentale, nourricière de la recherche appliquée et prometteuse de beaux jours et d’emplois. De l’autre, l’asphyxie des moyens, les coupes claires, le désespoir et l’incertitude des chercheurs."


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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, April 12, 2015 3:27 AM
Sous prétexte d'un règlement de compte NVA vs PS, l'objectif du démantèlement de la Politique scientifique fédérale est l'indépendance scientifique de la Flandre. Étonnant aveuglement dogmatique nationaliste à l'heure où l'avantage est incontestablement au regroupement des forces de recherche... Aveuglement nourri par les contre-vérités effarantes du recteur de la KUL (http://www.lesoir.be/845969/article/actualite/belgique/2015-04-09/verites-torfs-mettens-ne-resistent-pas-l-epreuve-des-faits) connu pour son activitisme politique. Mais il existe hélas une cohérence générale: http://m.levif.be/actualite/belgique/de-la-dislocation-federale-ou-la-chronique-d-une-mort-annoncee/article-opinion-388079.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=vif
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Reddit prompts citizen scientists to go dig up dirt

Reddit prompts citizen scientists to go dig up dirt | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Soil sample collection project designed to find new drugs explodes in popularity.

 

Thousands of citizen scientists around the country are getting their hands dirty collecting soil samples after the Internet bestowed a recent burst of attention on a soil sampling project. The crowdsourced project, which aims to find new drugs by cultivating fungi from soil samples, drew only moderate interest since it began in 2010. But it caught a lucky break on social media and has now exploded, surpassing researchers' wildest dreams in just a few days. (...) - Science, by Emily Conover, 18 March 2015


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Research Academics in Australian Universities

Research Academics in Australian Universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

This research is drawn from Work and Careers in Australian Universities (WCAU), a survey of academics and allied staff in 19 Australian universities. We received nearly 22,000 responses. The survey was part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant (LP0991191), based at Griffith University and partnered by Universities Australia Executive Women, the National Tertiary Education Union, and Unisuper. (...) - The Research Whisperer, 2015/04/07

 

 

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New RIKEN chief pledges to restore public faith in Japanese lab system

Plasma physicist takes reins of scandal-tainted institution.

 

TOKYO—On his first day on the job as the new president of RIKEN, Japan's network of national labs, Hiroshi Matsumoto pledged to follow through on his predecessor's plans for addressing shortcomings that created an environment for research misconduct. "We need to instill high standards of research ethics among individual scientists," he said. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Dennis Normile, 1 April 2015

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Editor quits journal over pay-for-expedited peer-review offer

With a tweet yesterday, an editor of Scientific Reports, one of Nature Publishing Group’s (NPG’s) open-access journals, has resigned in a very public protest of NPG’s recent decision to allow authors to pay money to expedite peer review of their submitted papers. “My objections are that it sets up a two-tiered system and instead of the best science being published in a timely fashion it will further shift the balance to well-funded labs and groups,” Mark Maslin, a biogeographer at University College London, tells ScienceInsider. “Academic Publishing is going through a revolution and we should expect some bumps along the way. This was just one that I felt I could not accept.” (...) - Science, by John Bohannon, 27 March 2015

 

 

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