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Failed Summit Spares Research Bad News ... For Now

Failed Summit Spares Research Bad News ... For Now | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

European researchers can perhaps be thankful for one thing about last week's European Union budget negotiations: The participants were unable to strike a deal. That may only delay bad news, however. The latest proposals for the innovation budget, which includes research and education funding, cut as much as 15% from the €164 billion proposed last year by the European Commission, the E.U. executive branch. And E.U. research leaders aren't optimistic they'll do much better by the time budget negotiations actually end, which may now be next year. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Gretchen Vogel on 26 November 2012

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How useful are your publications?

How useful are your publications? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Simple considerations when writing an article can make your work more accessible to a broader readership, finds Matthew Edmonds. (...) - Naturejobs Blog, by Rebecca Wild, 2018/03/23
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Preprints and Citations: Should Non-Peer Reviewed Material Be Included in Article References?

Preprints and Citations: Should Non-Peer Reviewed Material Be Included in Article References? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Preprints are early drafts of a paper before it has gone through peer review. Should non-peer reviewed material be included in published article reference lists? If so, how can we make that clear to readers? (...) - Scholarly Kitchen, by David Crotty, 2018/03/14

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– Six academic writing habits that will boost productivity

– Six academic writing habits that will boost productivity | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

What’s the secret to a productive spell of writing? Chris Smith shares insights gleaned from interviews with a diverse group of academics, from which a number of common academic writing habits stood out. These range from the simple acts of scheduling and setting self-imposed deadlines, to both formal and informal accountability partnerships and the use of “freewriting” techniques which help authors write their way out of blocks. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social sciences', by Chris Smith, 2018/03/09

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[Belgique] Relancer l’Université pour lutter contre sa précarisation

[Belgique] Relancer l’Université pour lutter contre sa précarisation | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le site du journal Le Soir Plus, premier site d'information en Belgique francophone. Actu en continu, archives gratuites, galeries photos, podcast, vidéos, blogs de la rédaction, résultats sportifs (...) - Le Soir, par Le Conseil du Corps Scientifique (CCS) et le Comité de Contact FNRS (CC-FNRS) de l’Université de Liège, 09/03/2018

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[Russia] Universities seek to strengthen commercialisation

Leading Russian universities are planning to significantly strengthen their cooperation with business, by increasing active sales of their scientific developments to producers and seeking investment for their further development, according to recent statements of representatives of some of Russia’s leading universities.  (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov03 March 2018 Issue No:495
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Plan to seek EU-wide initiative on unpaid student debt

Danish Tax Minister Karsten Lauritzen and Minister for Higher Education and Science Søren Pind have published a seven-point action plan to address the issue of foreign citizens who leave the country before paying off their student loan debt. (...) - University World News, Jan Petter Myklebust, 01 March 2018 Issue No:495
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NIH stays flat, absorbs three institutes in president’s 2019 budget proposal

NIH stays flat, absorbs three institutes in president’s 2019 budget proposal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Plan would also trim salary support paid by National Institutes of Health grants.


Biomedical research funding was one of the budget lines saved from cuts by last-minute adjustments to President Donald Trump’s administration’s 2019 budget proposal released today. Still, advocates say they had hoped for more. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 2018/02/12

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[Canada] An important show of unity on precarious employment

It was a cold grey morning in Ontario, Canada’s largest province, at 7am on 16 October last year, when 12,000 faculty members from 24 colleges donned their jackets, picked up their protest signs and began their protest. Both full-time and contract faculty marched together in a massive strike that left 500,000 students without classes. Their demand was equal pay for equal work, a 50:50 full-time to part-time ratio of faculty (rather than the existing 30% full time to 70% part time), and academic freedom.  (...) - University World News, by Emmanuelle Fick and Grace Karram Stephenson, 26 January 2018 Issue No:490
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Don’t attack science agencies for political gain

Eroding trust in regulatory agencies will not improve democratic accountability, warns Bernhard Url. (...) - Nature, by Bernhard Url, 24 Jan 2018

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[India] 15% of universities allowed to offer online degrees

For the first time, India will allow nearly 15% of universities to offer online degrees, allowing students and executives to learn anywhere, anytime, writes Prashant K Nanda for Livemint. The courses, however, will be non-technical in nature, implying that they exclude degrees in engineering and medicine, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar explained. Although some believe the move may compromise quality, it will help India improve its low gross enrolment ratio in higher education and address the problem of access to colleges, faced in several parts of India. (...) - University World News, by Livemint, 19 January 2018 Issue No:489
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[Sweden] Investigator proposes more autonomy for universities

Sweden’s special investigator on higher education, Pam Fredman, has presented a preliminary proposal for reforming the governance and funding of universities and university colleges to improve coordination of goals and strengthen university autonomy. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 19 January 2018 Issue No:489
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Support for US postdocs is growing slowly

Support for US postdocs is growing slowly | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Report from National Postdoctoral Association highlights progress and pain points.

Academic institutions in the United States have helped to improve life for postdoctoral researchers but changes are still needed, according to a 3 January report from the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) in Rockville, Maryland, which represents postdocs in the United States and Canada.(...) - Nature, 16 Jan 2018

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Brexit : 2 300 universitaires européens ont quitté le Royaume-Uni en 2017

Brexit : 2 300 universitaires européens ont quitté le Royaume-Uni en 2017 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La décision britannique de quitter l’Union européenne commence à engendrer une fuite des talents universitaires européens, avec une hausse de 19 % des départs. (...) - Le Monde, par Soazig Le Nevé, 15/01/0218

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Open science in the EU – Will the astroturfers take over?

European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker’s transfer of heavyweight Robert-Jan Smits, the energetic outgoing director general of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, to the European Political Strategy Centre, an EC think-tank, as an ‘open access envoy’ has raised the prospect of added momentum being given to the commission’s plans for establishing a platform for open access by 2020. (...) - University World News, by Pål Magnus Lykkja and Jan Petter Myklebust, 17 March 2018 Issue No:497
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– The hidden costs of research assessment exercises: the curious case of Australia

– The hidden costs of research assessment exercises: the curious case of Australia | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research assessment exercises provide the government and wider public with assurance of the quality of university research, with the guiding principles being accountability, transparency, and openness. But is there the same accountability and openness when it comes to the public cost of these large-scale exercises? Ksenia Sawczak examines the situation in Australia as the research sector looks ahead to the new Engagement and Impact Assessment later this year. There seems little doubt this exercise will demand significant resources, with no guarantee it will achieve its stated goal of improving how universities engage with industry. Until the hidden costs of assessment exercises are revealed and a thorough consideration of their general utility is undertaken, questions will remain as to whether they are a responsible use of public monies.(...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Ksenia Sawczak, 2018/03/13

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University lecturer explains why UK academics are striking over pension cuts

University lecturer explains why UK academics are striking over pension cuts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University staff across the UK are striking over changes to their pensions. Academics at 64 universities, who are members of the University and College Union (UCU) and who are signed up to a defined benefit pension scheme (known as USS), are faced with cuts that could leave them significantly worse off in retirement. (...) - academicmatters.ca, by Ania Zalewska, 2018/03/09

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– Ad hominem attacks on scientists are just as likely to undermine public faith in research as legitimate empirical critiques

– Ad hominem attacks on scientists are just as likely to undermine public faith in research as legitimate empirical critiques | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Media coverage attacking the character and trustworthiness of a scientist can diminish public faith in the research findings of that scientist. Ralph M. Barnes, Heather M. Johnston, Noah MacKenzie,… (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of social sciences', by Ralph M. Barnes et al., 2018/03/06

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[US] Donald Trump’s Know-Nothing Science Budget

[US] Donald Trump’s Know-Nothing Science Budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Alan Burdick discusses President Trump’s proposed 2019 science budget, which includes cuts to a wide range of government-funded efforts, from disease prevention to climate-change research, and examines the Administration’s poor track record with fact and truth. (...) - The New Yorker, by Alan Burdick, 2018/03/04

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[Japan] Universities call government's free tuition criteria move violation of autonomy

[Japan] Universities call government's free tuition criteria move violation of autonomy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

 Universities have slammed the central government for its moves to set criteria for institutions that will come under student fee reduction and exemption programs as "an intervention in university autonomy." (...) - The Mainichi, 2018/02/19

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How going green can raise cash for your lab

How going green can raise cash for your lab | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recycling leftover chemicals and equipment slashes energy bills and boosts research budgets. (...) - Nature, by Elie Dolgin, 2018/02/07

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The secrets of Switzerland’s surprisingly high citations success | Nature Index

The secrets of Switzerland’s surprisingly high citations success | Nature Index | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Small countries have an outsized presence among the scientific elite.


Switzerland appears to have three key factors for success in getting a surprisingly high proportion of its researchers’ articles cited in the scientific literature: it’s a small country, it’s research investment is large compared to other countries, and importantly, its hosting of the Large Hadron Collider is a drawcard for collaborative research. (...) - Nature Index, by Dalmeet Singh Chawla, 24 Jan 2018

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Salaires et sous-financement à l’Université du Québec

Salaires et sous-financement à l’Université du Québec | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lise Bissonnette, présidente du conseil d’administration de l’UQAM, s’est récemment élevée contre « l’iniquité absolument flagrante » dans la rémunération des recteurs d’universités québécoises. Comme le soulignait Le Devoir (10 janvier), « les 10 recteurs les moins payés au Québec sont ceux du réseau de l’Université du Québec ». Nous partageons volontiers son indignation, de même que son jugement quant au fait que ce désolant écart n’est que « le symptôme d’un mal beaucoup plus profond », aux conséquences plus vastes et plus graves encore, touchant le sort réservé par le gouvernement et nombre d’acteurs politiques au réseau de l’Université du Québec. (...) - Le Droit, 20/01/2018

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Oddball scientists, the rise of Chinese research, and other highlights from NSF’s new tome of essential science statistics

Oddball scientists, the rise of Chinese research, and other highlights from NSF’s new tome of essential science statistics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Latest National Science Foundation compendium highlights the complexity of global science (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Jan. 19, 2018

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China needs to listen to its researchers to become a scientific superpower

China needs to listen to its researchers to become a scientific superpower | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The country’s research could soon dominate the world stage, but pitfalls lie in wait.


In the past 12 months or so, China has opened its first facility for research into the world’s most dangerous pathogens, unveiled another world-leading telescope and turned on its first world-class neutron source. Researchers in the country have also established a neuroimaging factory to automate the highly detailed imaging of human brains.(...) - Nature, 17 Janury 2018

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[Sénégal] Sit-in à l’Ucad les enseignants vacataires crient leur précarité •

[Sénégal] Sit-in à l’Ucad les enseignants vacataires crient leur précarité • | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sud quotidien- Le Collectif des enseignants vacataires du supérieur (Cevas) va tenir, aujourd’hui mardi, un sit-in devant l’Agence comptable principale de l’université Cheikh Anta Diop (Ucad) de Dakar. En décidant d’exposer leurs difficultés, les enseignants vacataires exigent le paiement sans délai du second semestre de 2017.  (...) - rewmi.com, 16/01/2018

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