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China cracks down after investigation finds massive peer-review fraud

China cracks down after investigation finds massive peer-review fraud | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

More than 400 authors on some 100 papers from a single journal face punishments.

A massive peer-review fraud has triggered a tough response from the Chinese government. Officials last week announced that more than 400 researchers listed as authors on some 100 now-retracted papers will face disciplinary action because their misconduct has seriously damaged China’s scientific reputation.(...) - Science, by Dennis Normile, Jul. 31, 2017

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[US] Senate spending panel would squeeze science agencies but exceed Trump request

[US] Senate spending panel would squeeze science agencies but exceed Trump request | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Budgets of NSF, NASA, NIST, and NOAA would dip slightly in 2018.


A Senate spending panel voted today to reduce funding in 2018 below current levels for several science agencies under its jurisdiction. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, David Malakoff, July 25, 2017

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How (Not) to Buy an Academic – Casey Fiesler – Medium

How (Not) to Buy an Academic – Casey Fiesler – Medium | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Here’s a scary thought: “Google has been paying university professors for favorable policy papers.” The basic idea, put forth by the Google Transparency Project (GTP), is that Google is paying millions of dollars to academics in order to “buy” research that is favorable to their policy positions. Their report is called “Google Academics, Inc.” (...) - Medium, by Casey Fiesler, July 17, 2017

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Budget cuts fuel frustration among Japan’s academics

Budget cuts fuel frustration among Japan’s academics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Funding trouble at flagship research centre reflects a broader malaise in the country’s scientific priorities that must be addressed. (...) - Nature, 2017/08/14

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A doctoral student organizes a network for mothers in academe (essay)

A doctoral student organizes a network for mothers in academe (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

When Tina Cheuk discovered firsthand that academe can still penalize women in their childbearing years, she founded a network for positive change. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Tina Cheuk, July 6, 2017

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French scientist fined for failure to disclose industry ties

French scientist fined for failure to disclose industry ties | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pulmonologist Michel Aubier has been found guilty of misleading France’s Senate during an inquiry on air pollution. (...) - Nature, by Barbara Casassus, 05 July 2017

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Our obsession with eminence warps research

Our obsession with eminence warps research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many decisions about whose work is recognized are at least partially arbitrary, and we should acknowledge that, argues Simine Vazire. (...) - Nature, by Simine Vazire, 04 July 2017

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Commission report calls on EU to double research spending

Commission report calls on EU to double research spending | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Major study on successor to Horizon 2020 also suggests including Canada and Australia in European programmes (...) - THE, by David Matthews, July 3 2017

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Academics strike back against bad science

Academics strike back against bad science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

For one young scientist, the moment of truth came when she was presented with a pre-written template for her study and told to fill the results out in the gaps. (...) - The Times, by July 1 2017

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Pressure to publish in journals drives too much cookie-cutter research

Pressure to publish in journals drives too much cookie-cutter research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Evaluating academic performance on the basis of journal publications is skewing research priorities. This does our public funders a disservice (...) - The Guardian, by anonymous academic, 30 June 2017

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Survey reveals basic research in Canada is falling by the wayside

Survey reveals basic research in Canada is falling by the wayside | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The number of researchers who work on basic-science questions has dropped precipitously. (...) Nature, BY Nicola Jones, 28 June 2017

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The unbearable lightness of accountability in science

The unbearable lightness of accountability in science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The world of science now lags behind the gold standard of open debate, otherwise present in politics, for instance. Particularly, when it comes to openly discussing the social issues plaguing the scientific community, such as gender inequality. In this insightful opinion piece, Ros Herman, a British science journalist and editor, shares her views about the issues still pervading the world of science, when it comes to communicating and engaging with the public, in the wake of the publication of the report of the UK House of Commons select committee on science communication earlier this year. (...) - Euroscientist, 21/06/2017

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Pay-to-view blacklist of predatory journals set to launch

Pay-to-view blacklist of predatory journals set to launch | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Private firm says its watchlist of untrustworthy journals will be objective and transparent — but not free. (...) - Nature, by Andrew Silver, 31 May 2017

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[US] Why would a university pay a scientist found guilty of misconduct to leave?

[US] Why would a university pay a scientist found guilty of misconduct to leave? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University of Georgia case opens rare window into settlement practices.


In June 2016, investigators at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens concluded that Azza El-Remessy, a faculty member who studied the impact of diabetes on the eye, had committed misconduct and recommended she be terminated. El-Remessy hired a lawyer to dispute the findings, but the following October she gave up her challenge after the university paid her $100,000—essentially to leave.(...) - Science, by In June 2016, investigators at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens concluded that Azza El-Remessy, a faculty member who studied the impact of diabetes on the eye, had committed misconduct and recommended she be terminated. El-Remessy hired a lawyer to dispute the findings, but the following October she gave up her challenge after the university paid her $100,000—essentially to leave. (...) - Science, by Victoria Stern, Retraction Watch, Jul. 31, 2017

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[US] With unusual candor, Senate appropriators ‘reject’ cuts to energy research

[US] With unusual candor, Senate appropriators ‘reject’ cuts to energy research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Budgetmakers tell White House what they really think.


Many observers hoped Senate budgetmakers would oppose cuts to the Department of Energy's (DOE's) basic and applied research programs proposed by the White House in May. But they may not have expected them to be quite so blunt about it. The detailed report that accompanies the Senate version of the so-called energy and water bill, which funds DOE, contains several passages in which Senate appropriators express their objections to cuts in unusually frank language. (...) - Science, y Adrian Cho, July 24, 2017

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[US] NSF reiterates policy on teaching good research habits despite its limitations

[US] NSF reiterates policy on teaching good research habits despite its limitations | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Internal agency report cites problems with implementing 2007 law aimed at curbing scientific misconduct


The National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia, has decided to double down on its implementation of a congressionally mandated policy aimed at reducing research misconduct among NSF-funded scientists, despite a new report that notes problems with the agency’s approach. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, August 17, 2017

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US lawmakers seek $1.1-billion boost for the NIH

Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives also rejects a White House plan to cut 'indirect cost' payments to research institutions. (...) - Nature, by Lauren Morello, 12 July 2017

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Britain, Canada, France Seek Foreign Researchers

Britain, Canada, France Seek Foreign Researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The British government this week announced a 100-million-pound fund (about $129 million) to attract international researchers to the United Kingdom. The Ernest Rutherford Fund will provide fellowships for early-career and senior researchers, according to the government’s announcement. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Elisabeth Redden, 2017/07/06

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Germany and Poland launch research ‘twinning’ effort

Germany and Poland launch research ‘twinning’ effort | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bilateral partnership may provide new blueprint for EU east-west collaboration. (...) - Nature, by Quirin Schiermeier & Alison Abbott, 04 July 2017

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Le recul de la science fondamentale au Canada

Le recul de la science fondamentale au Canada | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
David Naylor, médecin, chercheur et ancien président de l‘Université de Toronto déclarait en juin dernier , devant un parterre de 200 scientifiques, que le Canada n’était plus le leader en recherche qu’il était. « Notre compétitivité s’est érodée. Nous ne sommes plus la nation, petite, mais superstar, que nous pensons parfois être. » (...) - Agence Science-Presse, par Isabelle Burgun, 04/07/2017
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[Turkey] Sharp drop in research output after purge of academics

The short-term effects of the large-scale purge carried out by the Turkish government since the failed coup attempt a year ago include a 28% drop in research output of academics based in Turkey in 2017, according to a new study.  (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 01 July 2017 Issue No:466
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Commissioner urges huge expansion of EU research

European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen favours a significant expansion of the European Union’s research budget for 2021-28, he told the Science Business Network conference, “New World Order: Science, technology and trade”, in Brussels on 27 June, suggesting that a 50% increase to €120 billion (US$137 billion) would be a “good target”.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 30 June 2017 Issue No:466
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[UK] Do you feel bullied into bad science?

We are postdocs and a reader in the humanities and sciences at the University of Cambridge. We are concerned about the desperate need for publishing reform to increase transparency, reproducibility, timeliness, and academic rigour of the production and dissemination of scholarly outputs (...) - Qualdrics

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[Italy] Unions denounce unequal R&D investment

Labour unions and PhD student associations in Italy have criticised the government’s focus on research and development that comes at the expense of the nation’s universities after €200 million (US$223 million) was allocated to the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa at the end of May, writes Santiago Sáez Moreno for Chemistry World.  (...) - University World News, by Chemistry World, 23 June 2017 Issue No:465
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University of Tokyo scientist hit by anonymous allegations fights back

University of Tokyo scientist hit by anonymous allegations fights back | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Biologist Yoshinori Watanabe publishes extensive response (...) - Science, by Dennis Normile, Juen 21 2017

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