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.
More strategic work with EU applications pays off
Around 3.5 per cent of EU research funds come to Sweden. But, according to experts Curie has spoken to, this could be increased with more knowledge of the review process and better formulated applications.
We must take control of publication costs
The publishing giant Elsevier charges for both reading access and open publication online. For Swedish HEIs, this results in escalating costs. Talks broke down in May, and libraries have been excluded from reading since 1st July.