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Director of Wellcome Trust Chosen for U.K. Chief Scientific Adviser - ScienceInsider

Director of Wellcome Trust Chosen for U.K. Chief Scientific Adviser - ScienceInsider | Science policy | Scoop.it

The director of the Wellcome Trust, an independent charity in the United Kingdom that funds much of the nation's biomedical research, has been appointed as the U.K. government's next Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA). Mark Walport will take up the influential role in April of next year, replacing John Beddington, the population biologist who has held the post since 2008. (Read more...)

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NIH's Millionaires to Get Extra Scrutiny - ScienceInsider

NIH's Millionaires to Get Extra Scrutiny - ScienceInsider | Science policy | Scoop.it

Some well-funded biomedical researchers may have to tighten their belts under a new funding policy announced yesterday by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The agency plans to give extra scrutiny to proposals from researchers receiving more than $1 million a year in direct support from grants—and may not fund them if the research overlaps with what they're already doing. (Read more...)

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Open access journals reaching the same scientific impact as subscription journals

A new compares the scientific impact of open access with traditional subscription publishing and has found that both of these publishing business models produce high quality peer reviewed articles.

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New Commission measures to open up science in Europe

ICT can bring greater openness: regular readers will know how committed I am to delivering those benefits for everyone. Today, some exciting news about how we are also helping open up science, and a reminder of the benefits it can bring.
It’s partly about making access to scientific information more affordable. Currently, in many cases getting access to published scientific research results needs an increasingly costly journal subscription. That may not be an option especially for smaller businesses. Even big institutions like university libraries are finding it’s getting unaffordable. And those difficulties to the public getting access apply even when the research is funded by the taxpayer – who is, after all, the biggest research funder in Europe, via national or EU research funds. Taxpayers, all of us, deserve the widest possible social and economic benefits from publicly-funded research. (Read more...)

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Why Aren’t the Jobs There for U.S. Scientists? | The Innovation Files

Why Aren’t the Jobs There for U.S. Scientists? | The Innovation Files | Science policy | Scoop.it

On Sunday, July 8, the Washington Post published an article arguing that the U.S. has pushed for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there. While the article noted that job markets for physicians and physicists remain strong (with unemployment rates for those professions less than 2 percent), jobs are sparser for those holding biology or chemistry Ph.D.’s. In particular, the unemployment rate for chemists is the highest it’s been in 40 years and U.S. drug firms have cut 300,000 jobs since 2000. The challenge is particularly acute for recent Ph.D.’s, as just 38 percent of new Ph.D. chemists were employed in 2011. (Read more...)

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Openness costs

Openness costs | Science policy | Scoop.it
Two reports highlight key aspects of the global trend towards open access to research results: who will pay, and how much, to supply what to whom?
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U.K. Panel Backs Open Access for All Publicly Funded Research Papers - ScienceInsider

U.K. Panel Backs Open Access for All Publicly Funded Research Papers - ScienceInsider | Science policy | Scoop.it

A long-awaited government report in the United Kingdom says open access journals should be "the main vehicle for the publication of research." But it warns that such a move would cost the United Kingdom more than $80 million per year in publication charges and other costs. The Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by Janet Finch, a sociologist and former vice-chancellor of Keele University, was set up last year by science minister David Willetts, who has come out strongly in support of increasing access to publicly funded research. "This comprehensive report will make a vital contribution to the development of policy on open access, which we will be setting out in the near future," Willetts said in a statement. (Read more...)

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Journal offers flat fee for ‘all you can publish’

Journal offers flat fee for ‘all you can publish’ | Science policy | Scoop.it
Latest venture is part of an explosion of ideas for open-access publishing.
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Times Higher Education - Making other plans

Times Higher Education - Making other plans | Science policy | Scoop.it

Universities benefit from the large pool of cheap labour provided by PhD students and postdocs, but there aren't enough academic jobs to go around, so young scholars should prepare for the possibility of a future outside the academy, one postdoc advises

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A Global Standard for Peer Review - ScienceInsider

A Global Standard for Peer Review - ScienceInsider | Science policy | Scoop.it

Increasing collaboration between U.S. scientists and their counterparts in other countries has been a priority for Subra Suresh since he became director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in October 2010. But one thing about negotiating such bilateral agreements has frustrated him: The time it takes to reach an agreement on the scientific rules of the road. There may be haggling over how to handle intellectual property and access to data, for example, but Suresh says the biggest bugaboo is often agreeing on common standards for peer review.

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U.K.'s Royal Society Finds No 'Silver Bullet' for Population Issues - ScienceInsider

U.K.'s Royal Society Finds No 'Silver Bullet' for Population Issues - ScienceInsider | Science policy | Scoop.it

One of the world's oldest scientific societies has weighed in on one of the planet's most vexing future challenges: How to support a growing human population without undermining ecological and economic systems. The Royal Society in the United Kingdom today unveiled its first major report on population issues, which includes eight recommendations for policy action and research. Read more...

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The wealthiest university on Earth can't afford its academic journal subscriptions

The wealthiest university on Earth can't afford its academic journal subscriptions | Science policy | Scoop.it
Yes, you read that right. According to a memorandum issued last week by Harvard Library's Faculty Advisory Council, the cost of its peer-reviewed journal subscriptions has become prohibitively expensive.
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Is Psychology About to Come Undone? - Percolator - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Is Psychology About to Come Undone? - Percolator - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Science policy | Scoop.it

If you’re a psychologist, the news has to make you a little nervous—particularly if you’re a psychologist who published an article in 2008 in any of these three journals: Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, or the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Because, if you did, someone is going to check your work. A group of researchers have already begun what they’ve dubbed the Reproducibility Project, which aims to replicate every study from those three journals for that one year. The project is part of Open Science Framework, a group interested in scientific values, and its stated mission is to “estimate the reproducibility of a sample of studies from the scientific literature.” This is a more polite way of saying “We want to see how much of what gets published turns out to be bunk.”(...)

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Boost for open access to research

Boost for open access to research | Science policy | Scoop.it
One of the world's largest research charities, the Wellcome Trust, is to support efforts by scientists to make their work freely available for all.
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Independent labs to verify high-profile papers

Independent labs to verify high-profile papers | Science policy | Scoop.it
Reproducibility Initiative aims to speed up preclinical research.
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Open access means a bright future for scientific research

Open access means a bright future for scientific research | Science policy | Scoop.it
Dr Mike Taylor: Free access to British scientific research will give us more and cost us less than we realise...
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Free access to British scientific research within two years

Free access to British scientific research within two years | Science policy | Scoop.it
Radical shakeup of academic publishing will allow papers to be put online and be accessed by universities, firms and individuals...
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Open your minds and share your results

Open your minds and share your results | Science policy | Scoop.it
An open approach is the best way to maximize the benefits of research for both scientists and the public, says Geoffrey Boulton...
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Director of Wellcome Trust Chosen for U.K. Chief Scientific Adviser - ScienceInsider

Director of Wellcome Trust Chosen for U.K. Chief Scientific Adviser - ScienceInsider | Science policy | Scoop.it

The director of the Wellcome Trust, an independent charity in the United Kingdom that funds much of the nation's biomedical research, has been appointed as the U.K. government's next Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA). Mark Walport will take up the influential role in April of next year, replacing John Beddington, the population biologist who has held the post since 2008. (Read more...)

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NIH Panel Urges Steps to Control Growth in Biomedical Research Trainees

NIH Panel Urges Steps to Control Growth in Biomedical Research Trainees | Science policy | Scoop.it

A glut of trainees and a dearth of academic positions in the United States is creating a dysfunctional biomedical research system, an advisory group to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded today. It urged several steps be taken to bring the problem under control. NIH should cap how many years it will support graduate students, pay postdoctoral researchers more, and encourage universities to fund staff scientist positions.

The changes may appear to make research labs less productive, but in the long run will result in "a more vibrant workforce," said Shirley Tilghman, president of Princeton University and co-chair of the panel that delivered the draft report. (Read more...)

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An Exploding Number Of PhD Recipients Are Using Food Stamps

An Exploding Number Of PhD Recipients Are Using Food Stamps | Science policy | Scoop.it
In this economy, even having multiple degrees isn't a guarantee against poverty.
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National Bioeconomy Blueprint Released

National Bioeconomy Blueprint Released | Science policy | Scoop.it
Today, the Obama Administration announced its commitment to strengthening bioscience research as a major driver of American innovation and economic growth.
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Nature News Blog: Chimpanzee bill receives first hearing : Nature News Blog

Nature News Blog: Chimpanzee bill receives first hearing : Nature News Blog | Science policy | Scoop.it
A US Senate bill that would phase out ongoing federally funded invasive research on chimpanzees and prohibit future projects received its first hearing on 24 April.  Read more...
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Replication, psychology, and big science

Replication, psychology, and big science | Science policy | Scoop.it
Reproducibility has been a hot topic for the last several years among computational scientists. A study is reproducible if there is a specific set of computational functions/analyses (usually...
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