Equality data a sensitive issue in academia
Is it OK for researchers to map persons’ ethnicity or skin colour? The issue of equality data arouses strong feelings in the research community.
Lack of academic freedom when politicians want to control research
New research institutions are employing loyal employees who lack academic qualifications in Hungary. And the government is appointing financial supervisors at the universities. The aim is to get rid of free-thinking researchers, asserts Andrea Petö, a professor of Gender Studies in Budapest. In Sweden, too, political forces that question certain research are appearing.
Superheroes help research communicators
As a nerd, one wants to find out everything there is to know in one’s field, such as the science behind zombies, aliens and superheroes. This drive is something that teachers and research communicators should use more, argues Raychelle Burks, a chemistry researcher at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Best review prize leads to higher status
Peer review – collegial scrutiny of scientific articles – is a cornerstone of academic publishing. Yet the work is usually unpaid, and is also carried out anonymously. Now the Swedish editors of an international journal have instituted a prize to celebrate the best review of the year.
Genetic material library saves time for researchers
The organisation Addgene wants to make it easier for researchers in genetics to share material for basic research. They believe in a change, where more researchers are working towards a more open research culture.
Time pressure with Plan S aimed at open access
Plan S is a European initiative, aimed at speeding up research results being openly accessible to all. According to the plan, all scientific results produced with the support of public funding bodies as from 2020 shall be published openly without delay. But the tight timeframe has been criticised.